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English Literature A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

A window into the best that has ever been thought or said. Explore cultures and narratives through myriad forms to develop your own viewpoint and learn to defend it... Choose your texts and read, read, READ!!

Course content

  • Texts in Context, The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature 
  • Creative Study Close study of two set texts in preparation for two pieces of coursework that interact creatively with the chosen theme of identity. 
  • Reading for Meaning Study a range of texts across all time periods that present the key theme of Love Through the Ages in preparation for an unseen response to two texts in exam conditions. 
  • Unit 4: An extended piece of coursework that focuses on a comparison between Shakespeare and two other authors – again focussing on an aspect of the presentation of love.

Entry requirements

B grade in English and English Literature at GCSE

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


Previous assessment has included external exams with substantial coursework element.

Future opportunities


In addition to University degrees in literature both as a single honour, or as a joint honour, this A-level is regarded as an academic choice that will support a range of university options such as law, philosophy or history.


Teacher; lawyer; journalist; media and television; politics; writer.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bristol Brunel Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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