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English Literature A level at Burnley College

Course description

On this course students will study a range of poetry, prose and drama to develop their writing skills for different audiences and purposes in a variety of styles. Students will also explore the social, political and historical contexts in which literature is created and received.

Students will examine a range of literature from the 1600s to the present day and examine its social, political and historical influence. There will be an opportunity to explore, in detail, a chosen area of literature through coursework, where students will pick their own texts and appraise these from a theoretical or thematic perspective.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of visits including: trips to the Globe Theatre, British Library and various museums and galleries; regular visits to the theatre (The Lowry, RSC etc.); Bronte museum and other areas of literary interest.

Teaching staff are experienced in a number of areas and include published authors and former journalists. The department has links with a number of national associations, including the Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester. Students are encouraged to explore all facets of literature, rather than just examining the ‘classics’ which allows for a rich and varied study programme.

Entry requirements

To take four AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three or four A Levels in Year 2): At least six GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. To take three AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three A Levels in Year 2): At least five GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. At least a grade B in GCSE English Literature. Students should be enthusiastic about reading and about developing their own writing skills as well as having a genuine interest in how other writers and speakers use language. Entry criteria for all qualifications are subject to a reference from your previous school or place of study.


You will be assessed through external examinations (60%) and coursework (40%).

Future opportunities

This subject enables entry to university for Arts or Social Science degree courses. It is a useful qualification for pursuing careers in Teaching, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, Publishing and Media.

Further information

Recognised as best practice by Ofsted, our ALZs promote independent learning through cutting-edge technology combined with traditional books and journals and online learning resources. Students have access to high specification PCs with the latest Microsoft applications and multimedia and innovative technologies including iPads, Kindles and portable consoles. Each of the 8 ALZs provides the most up to date and relevant equipment for the subjects they serve.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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