English Literature

Level 3, A Level

Duration: Two Year Course

Location: Benfleet

Course Description

IMG_4499A-Level English Literature will encourage you to develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, literary study through reading widely and critically.

You will consider poetry, drama and fiction texts based on the subject of ‘Love through the Ages’ in year one and ‘Modern Literature from 1945 to Present Day’ in year two.

You will, by the end, be able to appraise different views of the texts and appreciate the significance of historical and cultural influences upon readers and writers. For any English A-Level, a love of writing and a commitment to undertake extensive, independent, challenging reading is imperative.


Year One

  • 'Modern Literature from 1945 to Present Day’ and a coursework essay comparing two literary texts.

Year Two

  • ‘Love through The Ages’, comprising Shakespeare’s Othello, a selection of pre-1900 poems, and The Great Gatsby.

How Will I Be Taught and Assessed?

You will be reading and discussing the set texts, then analysing them for their literary content. Assessment is by regular internal assessments, a coursework draft and a mock exam in Year 1, and by final submission of coursework and two  external exams in Year 2.

Why Should I Choose Seevic College?

  • Wide range of theatre, museum and cultural enrichment trips throughout the year.
  • Highly experienced Tutors who are passionate about their subject. 

What Could I Do Next?

  • Potential career options you could explore with an English Literature qualification include: Administration, Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Publishing or Teaching.
  • Former students have gone on to study degree subjects at university including: English, Journalism, Drama, Creative Writing plus many other academic subjects.
  • It is also an ideal subject for those who wish to go into more vocational careers, such as Teaching or Social Work.

General Entry Requirements

Average point score of 5.3, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths. 

If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa.

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Grade C/5 or above in GCSE English Literature 
  • Grade C/5 or above in GCSE English Language.

Additional Costs

Course costs might include buying set texts and texts for your own wider reading, and paying for trips to the theatre or museum visits.

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