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English Literature A level at City of Wolverhampton College

Course description

During this course you will study:

  • Literary genres (aspects of tragedy or comedy)
  • Texts and genres (aspects of crime or political writing)
  • Theory and independence

Course content

Do you love the Arts and have a passion for reading?

Then this is the right course for you!

A Level English Literature, from its study of Shakespeare plays to the modern novel, explores all aspects of the human condition. The historical context in which the texts are set often influence the characters’ responses to love, politics, nature and the world in general. Did you know that English Literature explores, from its earliest form, the psychology of the mind and provides an insight into the societies from the time they were written?

It is an exciting subject that encourages you to explore stories and narratives from different eras. It is a well-respected subject and welcomed by all universities and employers in all career paths.

We have a 100% A2 success rate on this course and excellent feedback from our past students. In fact, many of our past students have gone on to become teachers, journalists and lawyers. Some of our past students have progressed on to study English Literature at the University of Warwick, Imperial College, London and the Birmingham universities, English and Creative Writing at the University of Wolverhampton, Bangor University and De Montfort University, Leicester and Law at the University of Wolverhampton.

While you are on this course you will have the opportunity to visit National Theatres, The Globe, The Tower of London and A level Student Conferences.

We also have guest speakers who we invite in to college to enhance your learning. These have included the world expert on English language David Crystal and visiting authors and actors.


Entry requirements

To access this course you are required to have:

Five or more GCSEs at Grade C including English and maths and to meet the required ALIS score


You will be assessed through two exams and two coursework portfolios

Future opportunities

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in law, the civil service, education, librarianship, social work, politics, local government, journalism, business, publishing, archeology, museum work, heritage, media and film or marketing and sales
  • Progress on to Higher Education, apprenticeships and employment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Wolverhampton College directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016
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      Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

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