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English Literature A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You enjoy reading, like arguing about what things mean and love exploring the ways those meanings are made. You have an interest in contemporary and pre-twentieth century prose, poetry and drama. You want to study a subject that engages your feelings as well as your mind. English literature students are highly respected by prestigious universities and the skills of analysis and expression that you develop on the course can lead to a wide range of university courses and careers.

You will be reading the work of 19th century writers such as Charlotte Bronte and Thomas Hardy, comparing the poetry of 20th century writers such as Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath or Philip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy, watching and studying drama that will include Shakespearean, Jacobean and modern tragedy. In addition, you will be introduced to a wide range of poetry and prose to build your confidence in the literary analysis of unseen texts. The coursework in the second year of this reformed A level will give you the opportunity to write about a contemporary novel in comparison with a pre-twentieth century novel. You will develop as an independent reader and as a literary critic, exploring comparisons and connections between texts, considering other readers’ interpretations and appreciating the contexts in which texts were written. There will be three end of course exams, enabling you to demonstrate all the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the two years.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study English literature at this level a grade B or above in GCSE English/English literature is recommended.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 12 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.