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English Literature A-Level at Baxter College

Course description

English Literature is a fantastic course to follow in sixth form at BW6! As part of this course, you will read, explore and enjoy a range of different novels and poetry. You will study a play by Shakespeare and also other more modern novels. You will find the lessons which you will attend engaging, exciting and inspiring; much of your learning will take place through the means of lively discussion and debate. The in-depth analysis and study you will undertake of the different texts and poems which form the basis of this course will not only challenge you but also increase your understanding of how different writers craft and create their work and how the impact of some examples of literature have changed the world and society which we live in today! 

Content Units of Study

The OCR A Level in English Literature qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing learners to the discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of all the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. 

The OCR A Level in English Literature will extend these studies in breadth and depth, further developing learners' ability to analyse, evaluate and make connections. Learners are required to study a minimum of eight texts at A level, including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. 

This must include: 

  • at least three texts published before 1900, including at least one text by Shakespeare 
  • at least one work first published or performed after 2000 
  • at least one unseen text. 

The OCR A Level in English Literature will require learners to develop judgement and independence as they synthesise and reflect upon their knowledge and understanding of a range of literary texts and ways of reading them. It will require learners to show knowledge and understanding of: 

  • the ways in which writers shape meanings in texts 
  • the ways in which texts are interpreted by different readers, including over time 
  • the ways in which texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres 
  • the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers. 


English Literature at A Level AS or A2 links well with a range of other Key Stage 5 subjects; such as Art, History or Performing Arts. But, it will also enable you to sharpen and develop your reading and skills of analysis to a great extent and this will benefit you, no matter what other subjects you are studying in sixth form. In terms of moving beyond BW6, English Literature is obviously a great qualification to have if you are intending to pursue your English studies at degree level but also if you are interested in studying Art, Humanities, Media, Communications, Law, Journalism, Performing Arts or Drama at university level; or a course which would qualify you to be a teacher - at primary or secondary level.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto the English Literature AS course, you need to have gained at least 5 A* - C GCSE grades with preferably at least a B grade for your English GCSE and a B grade for your English Literature GCSE.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015

Key information

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