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English Literature at Palmer's College

Course description

English Literature can help us to understand and explore different aspects of human nature such as love, lust, ambition and death. It offers students who enjoy reading, the opportunity to study and talk about a wide range of genres.


Course content

  •  Aspects of narrative (novels and poetry); Dramatic genres
  •  Texts and genres; Further and independent reading

Entry requirements

Minimum of four Cs and two Bs at GCSE which must include English Language grade C.

Future opportunities

English Literature has always been among the most highly-valued academic subjects for a wide range of university and careers choices. It can be combined with arts, science or mathematics for entry into higher education.
At university, the subject is useful for any course with a detailed study of literature, including Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Law, History and Education. In practice, many Palmer’s students take an English degree at a broad range of universities. We currently have ex-students studying English at most of the top Russell Group universities.

English Literature A-level teaches a very broad range of transferable skills, including independent research, the ability to analyse and evaluate different points of view, the capacity to think logically and to understand a range of human responses. It has particular value for careers in law, teaching, civil and social services, nursing, journalism and media, libraries, human resources and most management areas.

Further information

An English Literature subject leaflet is available from the College website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Palmer's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2015
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    • We are a specialist sixth form college providing post-16 education in South Essex to over 2000 students. Palmer's College is a warm and welcoming college and offers a fantastic team of teaching and support staff alongside superb new facilities.  The College has spent an impressive £4.2 million to improve its student facilities over the past three years.

      There is a place for everyone at Palmer’s – our students are treated like adults, make great friends and achieve success in A-levels, BTEC and secretarial courses.