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English Literature A level AQA Specification B at Bradford College

Course description

This is an ideal choice for anyone who loves reading and books. You will study an exciting variety of texts, writers and genres from different historical periods including novels written in the past ten years. Literature is interested in the big questions affecting human existence and we encourage you to share your own views on these topics.

This is a highly respected qualification that can help you to gain a university place in one of a variety of subjects. You will develop a range of transferable skills, such as learning to think analytically, evaluating different interpretations of texts, and listening and responding to others in preparation for the seminar style environment you are likely to find at university. One of the most important skills you will learn is how to write coherently and critically. This is an essential ability that will be useful in your other subjects and is invaluable in Higher Education and the world of employment.

Course content

Year One comprises two Units:

Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative
This Unit will focus on two novels and selected writing of two poets and will be assessed by a two hour exam.

Unit 2 - Dramatic Genres
You will study two plays within the comedy genre. At least one will be a play by Shakespeare. This Unit is assessed by coursework.

Year Two comprises a further two Units.

Unit 3 - Texts and Genres:
You will study texts from the gothic genre, which will be a mixture of drama, short stories and a novel. This Unit is assessed by a two hour examination.

Unit 4 - Further and Independent Reading:
You will study a wide range of texts, some independently. This unit focuses on literary theory, and how authors create meaning. You will also look at the key questions associated with literature - How can we define literature? Why are some texts given a higher status than others? This Unit is assessed by two pieces of coursework.

Entry requirements

GCSE English (Language) at Grade B or above. You may be admitted with a Grade C at the discretion of an A level English subject tutor.

You will be invited for an interview and may be asked to complete a short written assignment.

Mature students without standard qualifications are encouraged to apply.


  • Units 1 and 3 by examination
  • Units 2 and 4 by coursework.

Future opportunities

  • An understanding of different types of genre
  • An understanding of writers` methods and meanings
  • Analytical skills and a wider knowledge of critical theory
  • Writing and debating skills
  • The ability to work independently.

Further information

For further information please visit our website or contact our admissions department on 01274 433333.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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