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A Level: English Literature at De Lisle College

Course description

An A level in English Literature is a highly respected qualification that can lead to a variety of careers and further education prospects.

“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

English Literature has always been a popular and successful subject at De Lisle. Students respond to the breadth and depth of study that we offer at A level. The course provides opportunities for exploration of a range of many different forms of writing from a wide range of historical periods and contexts.

Course content

The course encourages wide and independent reading of both set texts and others that you have selected for yourself. You will engage critically and creatively with texts and explore ways of responding to them, developing your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. You will also explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them, as well as undertaking independent studies to deepen your appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

What will I study?

You will have the opportunity to follow a broad and balanced study of a range of texts from different periods and contexts.

Year 1

You will study prose fiction and poetry and drama.

Year 2

You will study poetry and drama, as well as sitting an unseen exam composed of poetry and prose. There is also a coursework component, based on the reading of two prose texts.

A Level is assessed through a mixture of exam (80%) and coursework (20%)

What qualities should I possess?

We want students with a desire to communicate effectively and with curiosity, and who wish to develop this skill. Perhaps most importantly, we want people who enjoy reading in all of its shapes and sizes, and who take pleasure in appreciating language and the endless creative possibilities it offers.

Entry requirements

To be accepted into De Lisle College Sixth Form students need to achieve 4 grade 4's and 2 grade 5's. A minimum of grade 4 in English and Maths is recommended.

Additionally, this subject requires:

Minimum grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.


For more information please visit the De Lisle Sixth Form curriculum website.

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Future opportunities


This A Level would lead directly into subject related university courses and careers, and indirectly into a wide range of higher education courses and career choices.

  • BA (Hons) English Literature

  • BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature

  • Careers in publishing e.g. Publicist

  • Careers in journalism e.g. Editor

Further information

The College holds an ‘Into the Sixth Form Evening’ in November, where prospective students can find out more about the course. Otherwise further information on this course can be obtained by contacting De Lisle.


Applications can be made online via the De Lisle Sixth Form website

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2018
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