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English Literature - A Level at Northallerton College

Course description

You will explore texts in a more informed and creative way using concepts and terminology which builds on your GCSE knowledge. You will analyse the ways in which writers shape meaning in a focused, detaled way and support this with an understanding of the significance and influence of the time in which the texts were written. Independent and wide reading of related texts will enrich and support your leaming.

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE English or have demonstrated an aptitude for the subject.


A variety of teaching and learning styles are employed, including whole class discussion, small group work, research followed by feedback and presentations, visual response to tasks, homework essays and timed practice essays. The teaching style and emphasis throughout the course is on drawing ideas from students and making suggestions to help their understanding rather than on formal lecturing.

Future opportunities

A level literature is considered to be a 'facilitating' A level, meaning it can open many doors regarding your future choices. Those students who go on to study English at university might well be looking for a career in joumalism, teaching, law, management or research, but really the opportunities are endless.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September