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English Literature A level at East Sussex College

Course description

The course aims to encourage learners to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. You will read widely and independently both set texts and others that you have selected for yourself. You will develop and apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing. You will explore the contexts of the work you are reading, considering the interpretations of others and possible ways of responding to them. Set texts will consist of both classics and modern works of literature including prose, poetry and drama. In the second year you will complete coursework based on post-1900 texts, developing independent skills of reading and research.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language and English Literature grade B/6 (if taken).


There will be two 2 hour 30 minutes exams in Summer 2018 (closed book). 1 Drama and poetry pre-1900Written paper40% of marksClosed text2 Comparative and contextual studyWritten paper40% of marksClosed textThere is also a coursework element on Literature post-1900, worth 20% of the final marks to be completed in the second year.

Future opportunities

A Level English Literature is highly prized by many universities demonstrating advanced skills in critical reading and discursive essay writing. It provides an excellent basis for a variety of university courses, including humanities, languages and law. It is valued by employers as evidence of excellent communication skills

Further information

We regularly organise trips to the theatre and to other places of interest to students of English Literature, for example, The Young Vic in London, outdoor Shakespeare productions in Brighton and Strawberry Hill in Twickenham, home of Sir Horace Walpole who wrote the first English Gothic novel. We hold events for National Poetry Day and an annual Creative Writing competition with workshops sponsored by the Asham Literary Trust. We have links to BBC Radio4 Book Club and have taken groups of students several times to take part in broadcasts. We also have links with the Charleston Trust's Literary Festivals.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 30 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 5599/011
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