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English Literature AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The aim of the course is to offer full-time students the opportunity to gain a national qualification in English Literature.

We aim to provide a stimulating, personally enriching experience of literature. We read, discuss and study a variety of plays, novels and poetry from past and present authors and eras. Extensive wider reading on your own part will enable you to make the most of your abilities and derive the best from the course.

Course content

Component 1
Topics include:

A Doll’s House

Component 2
Topics include:

The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath

Component 3
Topics include:

The History Boys
WH Auden
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Entry requirements

Usually you'll need five or more A*-C (9-4) grades at GCSE, including maths and English. A new grade scale is in operation for maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes.


Assessment is comprised of two examinations and one piece of coursework at the end of two years of study.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of your A Level programme you can progress to university or employment. Careers such as teaching and journalism appeal to students with A Level Literature.

Further information

Course materials to enhance learning are available on iSite, the College’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

How do I find out more?
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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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