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English Literature A and AS Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

A Level English Literature involves studying the three main genres: poetry, prose and drama. You will read critics and theorists who bring different critical readings and theoretical approaches to bear on the set texts. You will learn how to engage in close reading and stylistic analysis as well as considering the wider social and historical factors which have shaped and influenced the writer. You will also consider how literary language and its effects works on different readers, shaping and influencing their responses.

Course content

The ability to think independently and critically is the hallmark of a good English student. In the English department we emphasise the need for students to be able to weigh up a variety of interpretations and come to a reasoned and balanced response. Our teaching of individual texts is informed by different critical approaches: Marxist/historicist, feminist, stylistic and post-colonial.

Whatever approach adopted, the aim is always the same: to make students aware of how their own critical response to a text has been informed by a whole set of cultural practices, values and assumptions. As a reader, the text “reads” us just as much as we read it. Doing this subject will enable students to acquire skills in critical thinking, writing and speaking which will be of benefit to them for the rest of their lives.

Entry requirements

You will need to have gained a good grade at GCSE English Language and English Literature. We expect you to have enjoyed studying poetry, plays and novels at GCSE and to be someone who reads on their own and around a subject. Find out if English literature is right for you by answering the following questions.

  • Independent literary study?
  • Reading around a topic?
  • Developing an argument in order to support a particular point of view?
  • undertaking independent research?
  • Enjoy analysing literary techniques and their effects?



To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.



Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English Literature (Edexcel)

This qualification consists of two externally examined components. 100% examined assessment which must be completed in May/June in any single year.

Component 1: Poetry and Drama 

Weighting: 60%    Format: 2 hour exam

Component 2: Prose

Weighting: 40%    Format: 1 hour exam


Advanced GCE in English Literature (Edexcel)

This qualification consists of three externally examined components and coursework. Students must complete all assessments in May/June in any single year. 

Component 1: Drama 

Weighting: 30%    Format: 2 hour 15 min exam

Component 2: Prose

Weighting: 20%    Format: 1 hour exam

Component 3: Poetry

Weighting: 30%    Format: 2 hour 15 min exam


Weighting: 20%   Internally marked




Future opportunities

You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects such as English, Journalism, Media and Communication Studies or Law.

By studying English Literature, you will gain expertise in analysing, interpreting and evaluating a variety of different literary texts from different periods. During the course, your writing and analytical skills will develop, giving you the ability to shape a coherent critical argument which has textual substantiation.

English Literature is a highly regarded A-Level, one which university admissions tutors and employers look upon very favourably. English graduates often go on to careers in broadcasting, journalism, publishing, PR and advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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