A Level

The English Literature course includes a broad range of styles and genres, from the established canon to contemporary writing.  You will develop knowledge and understanding of the writer’s craft and how language, form and structure are used to create meaning. 


The qualification requires students to study eight literary texts over the two years of the course.  Texts to be studied include: A Streetcar Named Desire, The Duchess of Malfi, King Lear, The Whitsun Weddings, Mean Time, a selection of Keats’s poetry and two prose texts for coursework.

Career Path

  • Journalist
  • Solicitor
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • PR/Marketing
  • Teaching and academic careers (including overseas opportunities)
  • Advertising
  • Librarian
  • Civil Service

More than just a course

English Literature enables students to develop critical and analytical skills; these are highly valued by employers and universities. The course complements all arts, humanities and sciences. Our staff are passionate about the subject and eager to share their love of learning with students.  The classroom environment is engaging and stimulating.

Unique Features

  • Theatre trips
  • Cultural trips
  • Participation in university lectures
  • Opportunity to visit Oxford University
  • Support for Oxbridge application and interview
  • The English Department’s commitment to the subject and their students

Entry Requirements

The traditional A Level pathway for those who may be thinking of University, Higher Apprenticeship or Degree Apprenticeship.

Entry Criteria – 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, covering a wide range of subject areas. These must include English Language and Maths.

What the students say…

“English Literature is a rewarding and creative subject which looks brilliant on any university application.  I loved it.  The department really breathed new life into the classics.  Class discussions were highly entertaining.  I would certainly recommend this subject.”

“My hunger to understand and appreciate the written word grew immensely throughout this course.  The skills required when analysing texts in English Literature certainly supported and developed my other subjects.”