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English Literature A Level at Bacon's College

Course description

A-Level English Literature is a popular subject and is best suited to students who are avid readers of novels, poetry and plays. Those students who enjoy reading extensively at home should achieve well in this subject, as will students who enjoy the process of constructing a reading of a text that draws upon a range of different sources and interpretations. It will also appeal to students who enjoy discussing their ideas with others and exploring topics such as history, politics, psychology and gender.

A-Level English Literature offers an insight into the way writers use language, structure and form to shape meaning and explore the issues and ideas that reflect upon our lives. It affords the opportunity for discussion of themes and characters and further allows for the exploration of dramatic technique. It builds on the work you are familiar with from GCSE English Literature but develops your skills of analysis and your ability to approach texts from many critical perspectives such as feminism, Marxism, psychoanalysis and reader response.

You will look at a range of different texts from different genres and narrative forms, from Shakespeare to contemporary texts, and consider how historical, political and socio-cultural contexts impact on the meanings that are both implicit and explicit within the text

Course content

Specification A:

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

Non-Exam Assessment: Comparative study of two texts pre-1900

Set texts include: -The Taming of the Shrew -Measure for Measure -Wuthering Heights -The Great Gatsby -The Color Purple -The Handmaids Tale -All My Sons -Cat on a Hot Tin Roof -Pre and post 1900 poetry

Entry requirements

Students must achieve 5 A*-C grades at GCSE, including Mathematics and English Language, although a range of ‘B‘ grades is preferable. Students will struggle if they have not achieved a ‘B’ grade in English Literature due to the course content and reading requirements.



Future opportunities

English Literature is a long-established and well-respected subject. As such, it has become one of the most popular choices at degree level for those progressing to university. It also has strong links with professions such as Law and Journalism.

For those wishing to pursue a work-based career path, this A-Level is wellregarded by employers as it demonstrates students’ ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and spoken English. It also encourages students to consider texts from a range of critical and contextual perspectives and to consider the validity of these readings.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years


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