English Literature A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College
You will study a wide range of novels, plays and poetry from different periods and will discover both contemporary and older texts. If you love reading, you will love this subject. An A Level qualification in English Literature is excellent preparation for higher education and careers within the creative industry
Topics you will study:
Aspects of Tragedy (examined unit)
- King Lear - William Shakespeare
- Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
- Selected poems - John Keats
Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing (examined unit):
- The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
- The Kite Runner - Jim Crace
- Songs of Innocence and Experience - William Blake
Students can choose from a range of texts in consultation with their teacher, on which they will write an extended analytical essay.
Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.
Awarding Body: AQA Specification B
- Exams – 80%
- Coursework - 20%
This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old
English Literature is a highly respected subject and one that will open many doors to universities and beyond. Classed as a facilitating subject, it will improve your university options and look great on your application. It is a subject that sharpens your analytical, interpretative and thinking skills and can lead to a huge variety of careers, including jobs in research, politics, education, journalism and the arts.
Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.
From September 2015, English Literature will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.