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English Literature A level at Ormiston Park Academy

Course description

If you enjoy how linguistic and literary methods are related and like to explore works that show these links, then Literature is for you. The course offers a range of engaging texts to study that will provide a range of viewpoints and enable you to discuss these with your peers and teachers. The course is designed to offer clear skills progression from GCSE study, allowing you to develop your successes in a more complex and specific way. Studying Literature will help sharpen your analytical skills, showing others you can handle complex ideas, search for patterns and interpret information in a wider context. You will also be given the opportunity to develop your planning and research skills as well as gain knowledge of history, culture, philosophy and even human behaviour.

Course content

Throughout your studies you will explore views and voices through poetry and prose; use creative writing and commentary through studying people and places. You will develop creative skills using the theme of telling stories and, exploring conflict using writing skills and critical commentary in conjunction with dramatic encounters. There is a large component of the course that requires independent study by each student. This course also facilitates extra opportunities for students to extend their studies based on specific interests.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above. Grade B or above in English Literature.


You will be taught in a theoretical and practical setting and assessed via coursework and written exam papers.

Future opportunities

Your successes in this subject ideally place your for continuing your education at university, reading one of a range of English based courses. English Literature is a pre-requisite for many university courses where communication and analysis skills are vital for success. If you are interested in starting employment, English Literature will open doors into any career which values written communication and analytical skills including journalism, public relations, law and advertising.

Further information

Opportunities lie to support the English department in the Academy working with students in Years 7-11 as English coaches and mentors. OPA has its own newspaper and website which are outlets for your creative writing and journalism skills.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2015
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