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Literary Professions Pathway AS Level at Milton Keynes College

Course description

Do you enjoy reading or are you interested in creative writing and poetry? Would you like to inform the general public about current events? This career path will give you a captivating insight into publishing and creating material which will inform and entertain people.

Course content

You will study English Language and Literature with A Level subjects from: Communication and Culture, History, Law and Sociology

This pathway will develop and enhance a broad range of skills including the ability to think creatively, work well under pressure, display strong communication skills and have an understanding and knowledge of the literary industry.

Please note: content is subject to accreditation, specifications are currently in draft form.

Entry requirements

To join one of our A Level Pathways, you will need to meet two requirements: 

  • 5 GCSEs Grade A*- C including GCSE English Language.
  • An overall qualification score of a minimum of 20 points based on the following calculations:
  • GCSE: A/A* = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D= 2, E = 1
    BTEC Level 2 Diploma: Distinction = 20, Merit = 16, Pass = 12.
    BTEC Level 2 Certificate: Distinction = 10, Merit = 8, Pass = 6.


Assessment is by two written exams and one coursework submission. Each written exam is worth 40% and the coursework 20% of the qualification. 

  • Paper 1 (3 hour exam)
  • Paper 2 (2 hour exam)

Future opportunities

Once qualified, careers within the literary industry vary according to what field you are interested in, for example:

  • Publishing and journalism
  • Editorial work
  • Broadcast television
  • Radio
  • Film and animation
  • Marketing


You can choose between many occupations in this field and you may wish to specialise in particular areas if choosing to study at university.

Publishing and journalism are popular occupations within this field, involving creating information in many forms (music, literature, adverts etc.) to be disseminated to the general public.

Editorial work involves overseeing the style and scope of the content that will be produced in addition to researching, writing and checking content to match a brief.

Broadcast television, radio, film and animation are areas within the media and broadcasting and this sector is about spreading the word, telling stories and entertaining.

If you want your voice to be heard or to help produce media for all sorts of audiences, this could be the career pathway for you.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016
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