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English Literature A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

The skills gained through the study of English Literature are immeasurable.  Students are able to broaden their knowledge, not only of a wide range of texts, but also of human relationships, history and different views of the world.  Throughout the two year course, students are trained to become more independent and perceptive in their reading skills, developing their powers of analytical and evaluative thinking.  They also learn to become more proficient and sophisticated in their writing and to carry out research with discrimination and a critical eye.  Most importantly, their knowledge and horizons are expanded through being introduced to a wealth of novels, plays and poetry ranging through many genres and eras.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

We offer AQA English Literature A Level Specification B and plan to continue with the topics of Aspects of Tragedy (which explores tragic texts from Shakespeare's Othello, through to 20th Century plays and poetry) and Elements of Crime Writing (which explores some of the most impressive texts of the genre).  The course also includes a Non-Examination Assessment, in which students are able to select texts of their own choosing from any genre and era and respond to them from a critical viewpoint, allowing scope to cater for all interests.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirement

Students need to achieve 5  9-5 grade GCSEs including English and mathematics, one of which should be a grade 6 or higher in English Literature or Language.




This course is assessed by 80% examination, with two exams, each worth 40% of the final grade.  The NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) is intially marked by the teachers and is worth 20% of the final grade.



Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

All universities see an A-Level in English Literature as a major asset to any course, as it exhibits that students are academically able, well-read and capable writers.  Specific careers which are benefitted by this subject are publishing, journalism, law, broadcasting, media, acting, teaching and advertising, among many others.  An A Level in English Literature will open many doors to a successful future.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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