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English Literature A Level at Sidmouth College

Course description

English Literature A Level is about reading and appreciating literature. If you enjoyed GCSE literature, you will probably enjoy A Level, but expect to find A Level more challenging. We spend time discussing texts in more detail, sharing our opinions with our classmates, writing, giving presentations and sometimes even acting!  You will enjoy this subject if you take pleasure in reading, writing and developing your own ideas and opinions.

Course content

You will study both 'Love through the ages' and the Literature of the First World War, reading works across gender and the genres. For example, you will read poetry by writers such as the famous Wilfred Owen, novels by authors like Ben Elton and Susan Hill, and you will also read plays, letters and biographies from this period.

You will read a Shakespeare play, an anthology of poetry and novels such as "Rebecca" and "Persuasion".  In your second year, you will investigate an area of your own interest, comparing texts you have chosen for your coursework essay.

Entry requirements

A love of reading will help! We would prefer you to have a minimum B Grade in both English and English Literature but we are willing to be flexible if we think you will benefit from the course.


You will be assessed through a combination of external examinations and coursework.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017

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