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English Literature at St Edward's College

Course description

English Literature has always been a well established A Level, respected by universities and employers alike. It continues to be a very popular choice for Upper School.

The course marks a real progression and is very different to GCSE English Literature. It involves the study of both the old and modern texts written in the English language. It involves close and analytical reading of texts and the contexts in which they were written.

You will develop the ability to analyse texts using critical theory. You will learn to make your own critical judgements about texts and to evaluate judgements made by others.

Course content

You will learn in a variety of styles. Often this will involve whole class teaching. Sometimes small groups will be given a task to complete. At other times you will be asked to work independently on coursework tasks. Wider reading around the subject is also essential.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE English


The examining body is AQA. You will be assessed mainly by terminal examinations at the end of Year 13 but there will also be an internally assessed coursework element that will also be completed in Year 13.

The exact choice of text changes from year to year. The texts are selected by the staff teaching each specific class.

Future opportunities

Pupils who take English Literature go on to do all sorts of interesting things such as Journalism, Science, Mathematics or Law. Some go on to write professionally, work in broadcasting or even teach.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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