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English Literature AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

English Literature is one of the most vibrant and popular subjects to study at A level. It is highly valued by both Universities and employers as a traditional academic subject of high status. It combines easily with every subject in both Arts and Science areas and develops skills in:

  • Logical argument
  • Critical thinking
  • Research and analysis
  • Group work and debate
  • Writing
  • Presentational skills
  • Empathy

The first year of your studies will include:

A variety of prose, poetry and drama texts for you to study.

  • Pre 1900 prose – David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Penguin Classics)
  • Post 1900 prose – The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (Penguin Classics)
  • Poetry – Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy (Picador)
  • Drama – A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams (Penguin Modern Classics)

The second year is likely to include:

  • Pre 1900 poetry – either Selected Poems by John Donne or Selected Poems by John Keats
  • Post 1900 poetry – The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin & Mean Time by Carol Ann Duffy
  • Drama – The Tempest by Shakespeare, Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde & Betrayal by Harold Pinter
  • Coursework – Prose Study 2,500-3,000 words assignment based on two literary works of your choice

Entry requirements

• The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well

• You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)

• Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths.

• Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.

• All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Future opportunities

An A level in English Literature prepares you for a wide range of subjects at University which can lead to careers in:

Law, Business, Journalism, Teaching, Publishing, Script writing, Communications, Advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.