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English Literature A Level at St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

Course description

Do you enjoy exploring the texts you read and working out the characters' motivations or author's intentions? Do you enjoy debating issues related to texts? Do you enjoy research and writing up your findings? Are you expecting to achieve B grades or above for GCSE English and Literature? If the answer is yes to these questions, English is definitely the subject for you to study at A-Level.

Through the study of English at an advanced level, you will become an independent and discerning reader, learning to argue your views confidently, analysing how writers achieve their effects and developing formal essay writing techniques are central to the course. Moreover, these skills are vital for many subjects at advanced and degree level, so by selecting this subject, you are signalling that you are an effective communicator who has vital transferable skills.

You need English for a wide variety of careers including Journalism, Media and Law. It is a particularly useful preparation for any degree involving essay writing, particularly arts, humanities or languages courses.

Success in English can lead into a range of career options, including:

  • Reviewer / Critic
  • Radio / TV Journalist
  • Television Presenter
  • Judge / Barrister
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Website Administrator
  • Magazine Editor
  • Interpreter
  • Speech Language Therapist
  • Legal Executive

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Grade B or above in English and/or English Literature. C grade applications will only be considered on an individual pupil interview basis. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years