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English Literature A Level at City and Islington College

Course description

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and English Literature perhaps the most famous and popular of all national literatures. Immerse yourself in poetry, prose and drama in English and learn how English is truly a world literature.

Course content

You will study and share ideas with your classmates about a wide variety of texts. The extensive reading you will undertake on this course includes poetry, prose and drama from different periods, including at least one play by Shakespeare, other texts written before 1900, and one text written after 2000. This breadth of study will enable you to consider the ways in which texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres.

Entry requirements

  • You must satisfy the general entry criteria for A Level courses, which are based on your GCSE results.
  • In addition, you must have achieved at least a grade B and a grade C in at least two written subjects, e.g. History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Religious Studies or English Language.

International students:

  • Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.
  • IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum of 5.0 in each skill) or equivalent.


The assessment is 20% coursework and 80% by written exam.

Future opportunities

English A Level is one of the bedrock qualifications for success, whether you want to progress to Higher Education or into work. Taken as one of three A Levels, it can get you into University. Taken alongside another Humanities subject - e.g. History or Drama - it can allow you to specialise in a particular field at Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City and Islington College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2016
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    • We are a specialist A Level Sixth Form College in the heart of Angel, Islington, with over 25 years of proven success and an outstanding record of achievement. Last year our overall A Level pass rate was 99%, 70% of students achieved grades from A*-C and 31 A Level subjects boasted a 100% pass rate.

      What we offer

      We specialise in preparing you for higher education and have an extensive range of subjects on offer, many of which are not offered elsewhere in London. Our teachers are A Level specialists, many are examiners and some have PHDs. The College offers superb facilities specially designed for A Level teaching.