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English Literature A Level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

In this course you will study the works of some the world's greatest authors. You will study a wide range of novels, plays and poetry, from Chaucer to the present day. You will develop the ability to:

  • write in a sophisticated, formal way, using accurate expression;
  • express your ideas with clarity and force, using logical argument;
  • analyse the way that structure, form and language shape meaning in texts;
  • compare and make connections between texts;
  • take into account the views of others to help enrich your own points of view.

If you enjoy reading and studying literary texts, this course should appeal to you. Those interested in history will particularly enjoy researching the periods in which texts were written and finding out how the context influenced the writers. Trips to the theatre and conference visits are also incorporated into the course where possible.

This course provides a good intellectual training and ability to read thought-provoking, good quality texts, which will enrich your life whatever you decide to do in the future. It is also essential to study English Literature if you are intending to pursue this subject at university.

Complementary Subjects

English Literature combines well with almost any other subject and can introduce breadth to a science or mathematics-based curriculum.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have at least grade 5 in both English subjects at GCSE.


Exam Board: AQA

Assessment will take the form of mainly examinations.

Non-Examination Assessments will offer opportunities for students to develop extended pieces of analytical work over a period of time.

Examinations and the Non-Examination Assessments will count towards the overall grading.

Future opportunities

English Literature is very highly regarded by universities and employers. The skills gained on the course will prove beneficial in all areas, especially for careers in journalism where the understanding and use of language is paramount.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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