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English Literature — A Level

Course information

English Literature is one of the most vibrant and popular subjects to study at A level. It is highly valued by both Universities and employers as a traditional academic subject of high status. It combines easily with every subject in both Arts and Science areas and develops skills in:
• Logical argument • Critical thinking • Research and analysis • Group work and debate • Writing • Presentational skills • Empathy
The first year of your studies will include:
A1 Year
Poetry: Component 1 (2 hour Exam) 30%
John Keats – Selected Poems (Penguin Classics)
Carol Ann Duffy – Mean Time (Picador)
Philip Larkin – The Whitsun Weddings (Faber)
Drama: Component 2 (2 hour Exam) 30%
William Shakespeare – Hamlet (Penguin Classics)
Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)
John Webster – The Duchess of Malfi (Arden)
A2 Year
Poetry and Drama will continue from A1 year.
Unseen Texts: Component 3 (2 hour Exam) 20%
Prose Extract from 1880-1910
Poetry from any era
Coursework (3,500 words): Component 4 (Internal Moderation) 20%
2 x novels: 1 from pre-2000 & one from post-2000
Your choice of novels which must be of significant literary merit and authorised by the exam board.
The full A level will take two years to complete at a cost of £500 plus exam fee per year.


A Level English Literature WJEC Specification

This course leads to...

An A level in English Literature prepares you for a wide range of subjects at University which can lead to careers in:
Law, Business, Journalism, Teaching, Publishing, Script writing, Communications, Advertising.

Entry Requirements

A Level Entry Requirements for 16-18s:
The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
You need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, with at least 2 at Grade 5. These must include Maths and English.
To study this particular A level you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature (if studied)
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Course ID: 163530

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for21/22 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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