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A Level English Literature at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

English Literature will allow you to explore different worlds, times and cultures. It will empower you with the gifts of reasoning, reflection and communication, and equip you for almost any career where clear thinking and communication are important.

Course content

You will learn to think analytically, and then how to distil your thoughts onto paper in an organised, thoughtful and intelligent way. You will learn to appreciate the rich history of English Literature and begin to understand the impact it has had on the world.

You will learn the self-discipline of taking on a challenge and succeeding through your own efforts. And you will learn the satisfaction that a broad experience of English Literature ensures.


Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE with English and Maths


B in GCSE English, English Language or English Literature


How will I be assessed? 

AS level :         Poetry & Drama, 2.30h exam. 60%

                        Prose study & creative reading, coursework. 40%

A level :           Period & genre study, coursework. 40%

                        Poetry & Drama, 2.30h exam. 60%

Future opportunities

Where will it take me?

Studying: Most university courses will welcome candidates with a good grade in A level English Literature.

Careers: Journalism, teaching, PR and marketing, law, media, communications, business management, business administration. Any career path will be enriched by the advantages that the skills and knowledge demonstrated by someone with a good grade in A level English Literature.


Anything else

A level English Literature is the ideal companion subject for any combination of subjects: scientists will broaden their knowledge and appreciation of the world; engineers will gain insight and understanding that will enrich them; mathematicians will enjoy the journey into another way of thinking; humanities subjects will be enhanced by the observations and reflections of a range of writers from across five centuries.


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September