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English Literature A Level at Strode College

Course description

English Literature is a subject for those who love reading and who are interested in analysing what the author is trying to achieve. You should choose this subject if you have so far enjoyed reading novels, poetry and plays and want to continue at a more profound and detailed level.
English Literature is regarded as a prestigious A Level by universities. It is a highly analytical subject and you are encouraged to express your ideas in discussion and written form. It encourages clear thinking, sophisticated writing skills and sensitivity to language.
You will read plays, a range of poetry and novels from the fourteenth century to the twenty-first century and study literary criticism to inform your discussions of a text.
In the English Literature department, we believe that learning should continue beyond the classroom. Previous opportunities have included: theatre trips, discounted tickets to National Theatre live broadcasts and productions at Strode Theatre, as well as master classes provided by the University of Southampton.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent including grade C or above in English Language. You will find this subject easier if you have a good grade in English Literature.


Assessment is through written exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

Students find our English Literature A Level course excellent preparation for higher education in a variety of subjects and useful for a range of careers.
Over the past few years students have taken places in English and related honours degree courses at the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Warwick, Exeter, London, York and St. Andrews.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Strode College directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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