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English Literature — A Level

Languages and Literature (includes English for Speakers of Other Languages)|Sixth Form

Course ID: 172560

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Applying for A Levels: When you complete your application form, you can apply for just one subject, and add the other subjects into the 'Career Path' section. For example, complete the application for Psychology A Level, and type 'Sociology A Level and English A Level' in the 'Career Path' box. You do not need to complete multiple applications for each subject. If we need more information, we will contact you.

What to expect from the course

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. It combines easily with every other subject 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:

Poetry: Component 1 (2-hour exam) - 30%

Examples of texts could include:
- 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%

Examples of texts could include:
- William Shakespeare – Hamlet (Penguin Classics)
- Tennessee Williams – A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)
- John Webster – The Duchess of Malfi (Arden)

The second year of your studies will include:

Poetry and Drama: these will continue from your first year.

Unseen Texts: Component 3 (2-hour Exam) - 20%

Examples of texts could include:
- Prose Extract from 1880-1910
- Poetry from any era

Coursework (3,500 words): Component 4 (Internal Moderation) - 20%

This will cover two novels: one from pre-2000 & one from post-2000


A Level English Literature WJEC Specification.

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

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 two 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).


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 for24/25 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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