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English Literature A Level at St Helens College

Course description

A level English Literature allows you to explore and develop your own ideas and interpretations of novels, plays and poems.

It provides a window to the past whilst allowing you to understand the world around you today and what it means to be human through the exploration of literature, art and social sciences.

Course content

During this A level, you will study a range of literature from Chaucer to present day on the subject of 'Love through the Ages' and literature in wartime.

Texts will include:

  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte),
  • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen),
  • Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew,
  • Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemmingway) and Sherriff's Journey's End.

Other forms of literature, including poetry, and additional contextual and interpretational elements, will also be included.

Students will be encouraged to engage with the texts, identify with characters and gain a comprehensive knowledge of the author's motives and methods.

Entry requirements


You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and a grade B in English.



You will be assessed on your detailed knowledge of texts, form and literary devices, in addition to historical and contemporary interpretation.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

As you'll have developed your intellect, critical thinking, writing skills and analytical skills during this A level, you may choose to pursue English Literature at university.

You could also go on to work in the media, journalism, law, marketing, theatre, screenwriting and publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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