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English Literature A level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code 5599/011
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The course aims to encourage learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. You will read widely and independently both set texts and others that you have selected for yourself. You will develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing. You will explore the contexts of the work you are reading, considering the interpretations of others and possible ways of responding to them. Set texts will consist of both classics and modern works of literature including prose, poetry and drama. In the second year you will complete coursework based on post-1900 texts, developing independent skills of reading and research.

How will it be delivered?

There will be two 2 hour 30 minutes exams in Summer 2018 (closed book). 1 Drama and poetry pre-1900 Written paper 40% of marks Closed text 2 Comparative and contextual study Written paper 40% of marks Closed text There is also a coursework element on Literature post-1900, worth 20% of the final marks to be completed in the second year.

Entry requirements

You will need at least GCSE English Language and English Literature grade B/6 (if taken).

Your next steps...

A Level English Literature is highly prized by many universities demonstrating advanced skills in critical reading and discursive essay writing. It provides an excellent basis for a variety of university courses, including humanities, languages and law. It is valued by employers as evidence of excellent communication skills


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