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English Literature AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

A Level English Literature is an analytical and investigative course. Students can expect to study literary genres, a diverse selection of prose and poetry drawn from different historical periods and they will have the opportunity to demonstrate their wider reading as part of the coursework component.

The course considers the ways that meanings are shaped in literary texts, and students are required to explore the contexts and connections that influence critical interpretation. A Level English Literature is a course that encourages open-minded reflection and careful analytical thinking and as such, it is both a challenging and rewarding subject.

Course content

This course is suitable for students who have a passionate commitment to reading. A broad cultural interest in art, film, theatre and history is desirable in order to develop openminded and well-informed judgements of the texts that we read. Students should be prepared to share their ideas about literature in discussion, and to write critical essays that reflect their own opinion in the context of the views of others.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE English Language and a Grade B in GCSE English Literature.


Students will sit two exams as part of the AS English Literature qualification at the end of Year 12.

They will complete the full A Level at the end of Year 13, and this comprises three examinations as well as a non-examination assessment (coursework).

Future opportunities

This course could lead to the study of English Literature at undergraduate level. Furthermore, A Level English Literature is a highly valued course that complements the study of many other subjects such as English Language, History, Media Studies and Psychology.

English Literature lends itself to many career choices such as journalism, media, teaching, advertising and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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