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English Literature at Gateshead College

Course description

Quite simply, if you love reading then this is the course for you. It will help to have an open mind, an enquiring brain and a willingness to work hard.

If you enjoy putting pen to paper in a robust and imaginative way then English may well be the right choice.

The essential academic skills are a clear mind, a precise writing style, sensitivity to nuance and hidden meaning and a good level of general knowledge.

Many of these strengths you will gain and polish throughout the two years and we will encourage you to do this through debate and discussion. The study of literature is about sharing perspectives and opinions and challenging received assumptions in order to reach a strong personal understanding.

In our small groups we want to stimulate debate and give students the confidence to express their own judgements and to develop these so they are based on close, accurate textual understanding. A good sense of humour and a willingness to laugh are undoubted advantages.

Course content

In studying English Literature you will explore a range of books, plays and poems from different times and by different authors. You will also look at the political, social and historical contexts in which texts are written and read.

The study of English Literature exercises the imagination and the intellect. It is about life and living and your relationship not only with yourself but with the world around you.

This programme offers students the chance to study a rich variety of literature from many different periods. The texts are stimulating and interesting and there are several opportunities for students to develop their own interests and to bring their own creative and independent skills to the tasks.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*- C including maths at grade B or above.

Students expecting to study AS English Literature should be avid readers, and have achieved at least grade Bs or more in most of their literate subjects at GCSE

Future opportunities

Almost anything. Employers understand that a degree in English is 'a good thing', reflecting a creative and rigorous mind, an ability to communicate effectively and self-discipline.

Past students are to be found in TV and journalism, commerce and finance, politics and the law. Some have become teachers, actors and writers and there is certainly nothing limiting about an interest or degree in literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.