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English Literature A level at St Mary's Menston, a Catholic voluntary academy

Course description

The AS and A Level courses in English Literature are designed to cater for students who have the aptitude and enthusiasm to read great and demanding works of literature and to study them in a detailed and scholarly way. We firmly believe that the most essential quality for a successful A level student to have is a keen and active interest in reading literature for its own sake, for its intrinsic pleasure and value. At this level students should also be prepared to begin thinking more deeply and independently about texts. The course aims to develop students’ abilities in several important areas, including:
- Expressing opinions and judgements clearly in the framework of a literary essay
- Presenting an argument convincingly, both orally and in writing
- Analysing texts closely, especially in terms of technique, form and language
- Responding critically and appreciatively to literary texts and to the ideas and issues that are addressed within them.

Course content

English Literature is one of the most widely studied of Arts subjects at A level, offering well-motivated students plenty of opportunity to develop their intellectual powers to the full. The majority of students who follow the course find it rigorous, enjoyable and fulfilling. A significant number continue to follow their English studies at university. The communication skills, which students develop through the course, are prized highly by universities and prospective employers. Successful A level and graduate students of English are able to find employment in fields like law, journalism, the broadcasting media, education, the Civil Service and managerial and administrative posts in the worlds of commerce and industry as well as the public sector.

The department is keen to enhance the students’ experience of literature through an extended curriculum, which includes organised visits to the theatre and study days on specific A level texts put on by university English departments or by organisations like Sovereign Education.

Entry requirements

The advice we give to students who are considering this subject is that those who achieve grades A*- C in GCSE English Literature should be able to meet the challenge of AS/A Level work successfully.

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: 10 November 2017
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