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English Literature A level at Lansdowne College

Course description

English Literature is a highly desirable subject in terms of obtaining a place at university and, depending on other subject choices, is perceived as very credible for most degrees. English Literature is an excellent subject in terms of future employment embracing many sectors from law to media.

English Literature enables students to acquire excellent written skills and introduces them to a range of stimulating texts that can engender a lifelong love of literature and drama. Study of the subject develops skills in analysis and critical thinking, essay writing, constructing an argument and the ability to express oneself in an articulate way.

Course content


Students are initially introduced to American drama with ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’, one of the greatest stage plays of all time. This text is studied in depth and students are required to answer a question on it in an exam.

The second part of the course is Poetry. Students study a full anthology of poems from the last decade, again with a view to answering an exam question.

Students also study the novels ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘A Handmaid’s Tale’ for the exam.


Students are required to write an extended essay on two play texts, which are studied in detail. Continuing some of the ideas introduced at AS, students study ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’. This comprises the coursework component.

For the exam, students study Metaphysical Poetry and a Shakespeare text, and can answer a question again on their Drama text.


Public exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

Courses: Most courses perceive English Literature as desirable, but particularly arts-based and humanities subjects.

Careers: Law, media, journalism, teaching, human resource management and, with post-graduate training, many other careers such as accountancy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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