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English Literature A level at Woodhouse College

Course description

Our literary past helps to influence and explain the way the world works today. A level English literature is more than simply reading books and learning quotes. It is an opportunity for self-reflection and independence; a two year period during which you will be challenged to voice and form your own opinions drawing from the artistry, imagination and creativity of such legendary figures as Shakespeare and Chaucer.

Over the two years you will combine assessment through an element of coursework and formal exams with student presentations, lectures, discussions, debate, individual research, creative writing exercises and the development of a structured essay-writing technique. Your time learning about English Literature will contribute not only to your academic and career progression but to your personal understanding; the benefits are universal.

Course content

You will learn about literature within the context of different cultures and time periods - for example American literature and early 20th century, Victorian, Elizabethan and Medieval society. Through a range of plays, poetry and modern novels you will learn about different genres and concepts, this could range from Gothic literature through to colonialism as well as more contemporary issues. Through this text based study you will develop skills in close analysis, independent research, presentation and communication. You’ll increase your understanding of how writers shape language to create meaning. Above all, during your time studying A level English literature you will develop a love of words, books, storytelling, communication and creativity. You will gain a deeper insight into the wider world and, more importantly, yourself.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE English literature and at least a GCSE Grade B in English Language and Grade C in Mathematics.


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Future opportunities

Although many Woodhouse A level English literature students go to university to read English related subjects, many have also gone on to pursue careers as authors, journalists, lawyers, as well as working in radio and television.

Further information

The course also includes theatre trips to a range of productions, study days with lectures from eminent professors, workshops and plays at Shakespeare’s ‘Globe’ and study days at the British Library.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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