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English Literature, A Level at Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC)

Course description

Do you love reading? Does the thought of digging into a new novel, play or poem fill you with enthusiasm and curiosity? Then you should join our English department! We have a wonderful range of texts for you to study here with us. You’ll meet fascinating characters such as Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron the enigmatic central character of Jez Butterworth’s twenty-first century stage semantic ‘Jerusalem’. And you’ll be overwhelmed by the gothic twists in the tails of Angela Carter’s feminist fairy tales in the Blood Chamber.
Choosing English literature with us is particularly poignant because the texts you will study reflect the issues that affect the lives of so many. From love and war to politics and religion, you’ll have the chance to establish your own opinions whilst unpicking the meanings of some of the greatest and most challenging works of literature.
We will provide you with constant help and support both inside and outside of the classroom. Whether you need to brush up your essay skills, apply to Oxford or Cambridge or aspire to write for yourself, we have something for you. 

Course content

Year 1 (AS)
Component 1: Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900:  The first module involves the literary analysis of both Shakespeare and a collection of poetry.
Component 2: Drama and prose post-1900: The second module explores the significance of cultural and contextual influences on writers and readers through modern novel and play.
Year 2 (A2)
Component 1: Drama and poetry pre-1900
Component 2: Comparative and contextual study; the Gothic
Component 3: Literature post-1900 (coursework) 


Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 passes (above C or 4) at GCSE, including at least a 4 in Maths and English.

Certain courses also have their own individual requirements and these can be checked on our website at


AS 100% exam

A2 80% exam / 20% coursework

Financial information

While you’re at OSFC you’ll need to spend money on items such as books, stationery, travel and lunches.  To help with these expenses, OSFC students from low income families can receive financial support.  More information please visit


Future opportunities

Studying at OSFC will provide you with a wealth of opportunities. Popular options from students who progressed from this course in the past were:

University Destinations

  • Oxford University - History, Spanish
  • University College London - English 
  • The University of Birmingham - Drama and English  
Careers Destinations
  • Education
  • Journalist
  • Writer
  • Marketing
  • Law


Further information

At OSFC you can pick subjects from a wide range of courses with combinations across multiple curriculum areas. Choosing the right subjects is important. You should consider subjects you enjoy doing and options that will support your future career plans.

Popular combinations that will work well with this subject are:

  • Law
  • History
  • Politics
  • Drama and Theatre Arts
  • Media and Film Studies

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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