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English Literature A level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

The course is designed to cover a range of key texts, exploring Shakespeare, Scott-Fitzgerald, Forster, Alice Walker and Carol Ann Duffy; the aim being for you to discover a wide range of diverse writing whilst enabling you to hone your skills with regards to essay writing and research.

Course content

Year 1:

  • The Great Gatsby
  • A Room with a View
  • Pre-1900 poetry
  • Unseen prose

Year 2:

  • The Color Purple
  • Feminine Gospels
  • All My Sons

Entry requirements

At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths. We look for self-disciplined, self-motivated students who can produce a substantial piece of homework every week. You have to be someone who reads extensively and realises that there is big leap from GCSE to A level.


You will learn through a disciplined procedure of class discussion, weekly homework essays and an expectation of your ability to read ahead and present your ideas. You will be expected to work in groups, speak to the class and have a genuine interest in literature.

Future opportunities

You could continue to study to degree level in areas such as journalism, advertising, multimedia design, teaching, writing, PR, and marketing. Past learners have gone on to study English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism and Media Studies at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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