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A Level: English Literature at JC6: Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre

Course description

English Literature is a course for students who love reading and analysing a range of literary texts. You will analyse and explore the major literary genres: poetry, prose and drama. You will be taken on an historical literary journey, examining texts from a range of different periods from the Middle Ages to the contemporary. You will need to study in depth at least three texts published before 1900, including at least one play by Shakespeare, as well as one or more texts first published after the year 2000.

You will be exploring connections between these literary texts, examining the contexts in which they were written and received, responding critically and creatively to the themes and ideas presented by the writer, and learning to apply critical concepts and terminology with understanding and originality.  

Course content

Consider English Literature if you enjoy:

  • Reading and creative writing.
  • Analysing and exploring written texts and discussing a wide range of themes, issues and ideas.
  • Learning about the historical context within which texts are produced and received.
  • Carrying out independent research and analysis and writing essays.

Entry requirements

JC6 general entry requirements, including:

  • Minimum grade 5 at GCSE English Literature AND Language.


End of year examinations, plus coursework tasks.

Future opportunities

English Literature combines well with a broad range of other subjects, to show employers and universities that you have developed analytical and communication skills.  

A useful qualification for a wide range of future careers and university courses, English Literature is considered a 'facilitating' subject, favoured by universities as good grounding for a range of degree courses. It's an important choice for careers in journalism, teaching, public relations, publishing, marketing, law.....  

Further information

Contact Miss Cave: for further information about this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JC6: Hinckley Academy and John Cleveland Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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