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English Literature A Level at Worcester Sixth Form College

Course description

This course invites you to explore human experience and to discover different worlds through engaging with a wide range of literature: novels, short stories, poetry and drama. As part of the course, you will learn about the lives of writers, the historical and social contexts that affected their writing, and consider critical reactions to the texts whilst forming your own opinions. You will also develop skills in written and oral communication, interpretation and analysis. 

Course content

A key approach will be learning through group work and discussion but there will also be a wide range of other strategies, including: essay writing workshops; individual and group student presentations; multimedia resources; individual student/teacher consultations, and joint activities with the Learning and Resources Department. 

Entry requirements

  • English GCSE grade C or above
  • GCSE Englsih Literature at grade C. Refer to department if not taken.

Commitment to read and research widely. Willingness to participate in group discussions.


The first year focuses on your study of two novels (Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Kazuo Ishiguro's The Remains of the Day) and the second focuses on poetry and drama (Ted Hughes and Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire). The second year will include study of, among others, Shakespeare, Milton, and Sylvia Plath. 

Financial information

Theatre visits optional but highly recommended. Optional purchase of 3 or 4 set texts (approx £22 Year 1, £20 year 2)

Future opportunities

You may choose to go on to study English Literature as a single honours subject or in combination with a related subject such as Media, Journalism or Theatre Studies. Even if this not the case, you will find that the English Literature course equips you with interpersonal and communication skills that are highly valued by other university courses and career paths.

Further information

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Theatre visits
  • Lecture Days
  • Visiting speakers
  • Workshops focusing on set texts and theatre productions

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Worcester Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2016

Key information

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