A Level • Level 3
About the course
Students study a range of literature from the late 1500s to the present and examine its social, political and historical influence. Current modules of study are American Literature, including texts such as The Great Gatsby and A Streetcar Named Desire, and Drama and Poetry Pre-1900, where students will have the opportunity to examine the literature of the Renaissance. Other texts recently studied include Frankenstein, 1984, The Wasp Factory, The Handmaid's Tale and Dracula. There will be an opportunity to explore in detail a chosen area of literature through coursework, where students will pick their own texts and appraise these from a theoretical or thematic perspective. English Literature is an inter-disciplinary subject that has key links to other A Level subjects including History, Religion and Philosophy, Drama and Theatre Studies, Film, English Language and Politics.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
02/09/2024, 02/09/2024, 02/09/2024
At least six GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: At least a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language. Students should be enthusiastic about reading and about developing their own writing skills as well as having a genuine interest in how other writers and speakers use language. Entry requirements for all qualifications are subject to a reference from your previous school or place of study
You will be assessed through external examinations (80%) and coursework (20%).
Careers & Progression
The study of English Literature can lead to careers in journalism (print, online/digital and broadcast), teaching, legal professions (solicitor, barrister etc.), marketing and politics.
Extra curricular activities
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of visits including: trips to the Globe Theatre, British Library and various museums and galleries as part of the London residential; regular visits to the theatre (The Lowry, RSC etc.), Bronte Museum and talks with existing authors, poets and playwrights. To support study of the American Literature module a 6 day trip to New York will also be on offer, where students will get the opportunity to visit areas of historical and literary interest.