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English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code 8
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


English Literature is the study of the work of a variety of great writers. The study of literature should bring you both knowledge and pleasure: you will study a wide range of novels, plays, poems and other literary forms in order to explore the concerns of the people who wrote them, the methods that they use to shape the responses of their readers and the conclusions that we can draw from our reading of them.

Studying a range of literature will broaden your ideas, develop the skills involved in debate and discussion, and encourage the discipline of detailed textual analysis. It is a highly regarded, useful foundation for a range of university subjects.


The qualification requires students to study eight literary texts. Three of these have to be pre-1900 texts (including one Shakespeare play), plus one text first published or performed post-2000.  The requirement to study eight texts is met in the following way:  
Component 1- Drama:  Shakespeare and another Drama play
Component 2- Prose: Pre-1900 Prose fiction and Prose fiction
Component 3- Post-2000 specified poetry and Specified poetry (pre- or post-1900)
Non examination assessment- 2 chosen texts.
The pre-1900 requirement In addition to their Shakespeare play and one pre-1900 prose text, students must study one further pre-1900 text from the available options in any one of the examined components.  The pre-1900 texts are shown in the prescribed texts section and in each of the content sections for the examined components.  To ensure that centres are meeting these requirements an online form must be submitted to us at the beginning of the course. Details are on our website: 

How will it be delivered?

Students will be assessed via coursework and examinations. Coursework makes up 20% of the course and examinations will take place at the end of the two year course.

Entry requirements

Students who love to read and to talk about books, and are willing to offer their opinions in lessons and to engage with those of others. In addition, students who are able to write clearly using appropriate literary terms, arguing fluently and analysing cogently. Students will need to achieve Level 6 or above in both English and Maths.

Your next steps...

English Literature is recognised by all universities as an excellent grounding for most academic disciplines. It will also enhance your access to various working experiences such as journalism, research, teaching, the civil service, publishing, advertising and other creative careers.


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