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English Literature AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

A-Level English Literature introduces students to a range of texts from all three of the major literary genres – prose, poetry and drama. You will be exposed to writing from different countries, cultures and historical periods. The subject develops a number of skills, such as interpreting texts from different points of view, establishing links between texts and their historical periods, identifying flaws and inconsistencies in texts, appreciating how language can be used for a wealth of different purposes and, of course, writing in the formal, academic style so desired by universities. Students who do well in English Literature go on to study a range of courses such as Law, History, Philosophy and English Literature itself; typical career paths from there include teaching, consultancy and human resources.

Course content

First Year

  • Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare and poetry
  • Love Through the Ages: prose

Second Year

  • Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare and poetry
  • Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times: literature from 1945 to the present day
  • Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time (coursework)

Entry requirements

English Literature students should enjoy all kinds of literature, and not just the latest bestseller. Shakespeare, poetry, large Victorian novels – none of these should daunt a potential English Literature student. You need also to have an eye for detail, as the most important elements of a text are not always the most obvious. Of course, English Literature calls on you to write essays and so a good standard of written expression – and the willingness to work on developing a more academic style – is also important.

Future opportunities

This qualification has a high status amongst admissions tutors for all kinds of competitive Humanities courses. Students of English Literature have gone on to study at Oxford, Cambridge, Durham and Kings, and A level Literature has supported applications to study a wide range of undergraduate subjects, from Classical Studies to Creative Direction for Fashion. A wide range of careers are open to English graduates because of the wide range of attributes and abilities needed in the study of this great subject. Past students have been successful in teaching, journalism, publishing, management, human resources, television, law, and marketing. English is about life and as such it can help take you anywhere!

Further information

A creative writing course runs alongside the lessons, so you will have the chance to write some short stories and poems of your own, as well as study those of established authors. Typically, there is an English trip each year – to the theatre, for instance, to see one of our set texts performed on stage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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