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A-Level English Literature at East Sussex College

Course description

During this two-year course you will develop a sharp, analytical mind, and become a critical reader to prepare you for future studies.

Course content

Over the course of this subject you will use you love for reading to exploring texts in depth with like-minded people to share ideas and interpretations. You will study a wide range of plays, novels and poetry, and discover some of the critical theory that can be used to explore the different meanings of texts, while learning how to place texts within the historical and cultural contexts they were written.

You will be studying a highly regarded subject, favoured by many of the leading universities. It is also a good subject to study alongside other A-Level subjects including History, Classical Civilisation, and Sociology.

During the course you will learn about:

  • The construction of meaning
  • The importance of form, structure and language
  • The importance of point of view, themes and ideas
  • Works from different time periods and genres
  • Close-reading techniques
  • Constructing a written argument
  • Critical approaches to literary texts

Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to meet the minimum requirements of 5 Grade 4 GCSEs (including Maths and English) and have a Grade 6 in GCSE English.


You will be assessed through regular feedback during the course, and be required to complete written papers worth 80% of your overall mark, and a number of coursework based projects worth 20%.

Financial information

There may be some additional costs during the course for trips and visits to further your learning. All students are required to provide themselves with a dedicated folder for this subject.

Future opportunities

This course would be good to study alongside other A-Level subjects such as English Language, History, Sociology, Law, or even French or Spanish, allowing for progression to university courses in English Literature, Creative Writing, or Journalism.

There are a number of career opportunities available for you to follow such as becoming a writer, going into Publishing, becoming a Journalist, a literary agent, an English teacher or a Copywriter in Marketing or Advertising.

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: 30 January 2019
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