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English Literature Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

A Level English Literature provides students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

Students are likely to study:
- the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts;
- the interpretation of texts by different readers, including over time;
- how texts relate to literary traditions, movements and genres;
- the cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers

As well as being part of a group you will be involved in small group projects and in individual research for assignments.

Course content

You will study a wide variety of texts from different periods and genres, including poetry, prose and drama. Our aim is to give you breadth and experience, so expect to read different kinds of literature, written in different historical periods by a variety of authors.

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C or above (including English and Maths) and you will also need three GCSEs at grade D or above. If you enter the course with a Grade C you will be supported in your transition from GCSE to AS Level study by attending additional sessions in Core Academic Skills for English. This is a compulsory requirement.


Assessment will be split between coursework and examinations.

Future opportunities

You could go on to higher education, where English Literature is widely recognised as a good general qualification for a number of courses. Students have gone on to have careers in areas such as teaching, journalism, PR and marketing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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