A Level English Literature

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Course programme:
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Area of study:
English and Modern Foreign Languages
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6, including English Literature.

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Why study this course?

Do you enjoy reading widely and regularly for pleasure? Do you enjoy analysing poetry, novels, and plays? Do you like exploring the ideas raised by authors from different periods or parts of the world? If you answered yes to these questions, then you will find this subject extremely rewarding both on a personal and academic level. As well as enjoying a wide range of engaging and stimulating novels, plays and poems, you will also develop your ability to express informed, considered and opinions both verbally and in the written form.

What will I study?

You will study eight texts, including Shakespeare, a range of novels, poetry and plays, comprising of both classics and works by contemporary writers. You will also have the opportunity to choose your own texts for the coursework element of the course.

How is this course assessed?

One 3 hour exam, worth 40%, one 2 hour and 30 minute exam, worth 40%, and coursework worth 20%.

What can I study with this course?

A Level English Literature complements many other subjects. It can be studied alongside English language and film studies, as well as other humanities and social science subjects. However, it works equally well with sports or health and social care, as well as the sciences, art, business or IT.

Where does this qualification lead?

Universities and employers greatly value the higher order thinking skills and creativity which this course affords, as well as the ability to write precisely and succinctly when presenting complex ideas. An English literature degree serves as an excellent foundation for entry into a wide variety of careers, such as law, psychology, teaching, journalism, marketing and publishing.

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