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English Literature A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

A Level English Literature specifications are designed to build on what students already know from GCSE and encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature. Students will also develop an understanding of relationships between texts and of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers. There is flexibility and freedom in the topic areas that we can choose from and very valuable transferable skills of sustained research and composition will be honed in our exploration of these areas of literature.

Course content

At A Level there are three components: two examined and one non-exam assessment component. Students can undertake individual, independent research into literature post-1900 for their non-exam assessment, with an option to do a close critical analysis of their chosen text or produce a creative response with commentary. The non-exam assessment component also includes a linked texts essay which is an ideal preparation for undergraduate study, as the skills it builds on in terms of independent research, devising tasks, working on a long-term project, drafting, redrafting and editing can only be developed over time.

Entry requirements

Candidates should be articulate and creative with great independent work skills. They should be fascinated by stories and have a great appreciation of literary writing. Interest in historical context is also important. Normally, students should have obtained a strong grade at English Language or Literature GCSE.


A Level candidates will also submit a critical comparative essay and close reading piece of coursework based on texts and topics of their choosing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September