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English Literature A Level at PETROC

Course description

If you're an avid reader, this highly regarded study programme is a natural choice for you. You'll study a real variety of writing from different periods and genres, building on the skills you've acquired at GCSE.

Course content

The course texts can vary, but are likely to include `The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, `Wuthering Heights' by Emily Brontë, Shakespeare's `Othello' and a variety of poetry. You will also learn how to analyse unseen texts and how to apply your skills in comparison of a wide variety of texts.

In year 2, you will be encouraged to follow your own interests in coursework through the comparison of two texts. You will also go on to study a further range of texts such as `The Help' by Kathryn Stockett, `A Streetcar Named Desire' by Tennessee Williams and a variety of poetry.


Assessment will be through both exam and coursework. There is no coursework at AS level.
AS: Love through the Ages

  • Paper 1: written exam (1.5 hrs) on a Shakespeare play and AQA Anthology of love poetry
  • Paper 2: written exam (1.5 hrs) on an unseen prose passage and a comparison of two prose texts

A Level:

  • Paper 1: Love through the Ages (3hrs)
  • Paper 2: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day. Study of three texts
  • Non- exam assessment: an independent critical study of 2,500 words on two texts

Future opportunities

This is a subject which is highly regarded everywhere. If you want to study English Literature at university, you will have a great choice; you could also progress to Petroc's Foundation Degree in English with History. A Level English Literature is also useful if you want to study other humanities subjects. Our students have gone on to follow careers in the media, publishing, marketing and teaching, as well as some pursuing academic careers.

Further information

The course is taught using books, booklets, critical material and some online resources. All A Level English lessons are taught in well equipped classrooms that have been recently refurbished and all have Interactive Whiteboards.

Q. Which English subject should I choose - Literature or Language?

A. It depends on your interests. English literature is best for those who enjoy reading and discussing poetry, prose and drama. English Language looks at how English works and why people use language in the way they do. If you have a keen interest in doing English at a higher level or simply enjoy both analysing literature and language in society, maybe you should consider doing both Language and Literature A Levels as two full subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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