English Literature, A Level

Course start date:
10 Sep 2018
Course end date:
19 Jun 2019

This is an ideal choice for anyone who loves reading and books. You will study an exciting variety of texts, writers and genres from different historical periods ranging from iconic Shakespearean dramas to novels written in the past ten years. Literature is interested in the big questions affecting human existence and we encourage you to share your own views on these topics.

This is a highly respected qualification that can help you to gain a university place in one of a variety of subjects. You will develop a range of transferable skills, such as learning to think analytically, evaluating different interpretations of texts, and listening and responding to others in preparation for the seminar style environment you are likely to find at university. One of the most important skills you will learn is how to write coherently and critically. This is an essential ability that will be useful in your other subjects and is invaluable in Higher Education and the world of employment. This is a linear course and as such, the qualification will be gained at the end of the second year of study.

The course can be taken in the following ways:

- As a stand-alone part-time course.

- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.

- As part of a study programme with another two A Levels (full-time package).

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

The first year of study is composed of two Units:

Unit 1 - Literary Genres: Drama
You will study two plays within the tragedy genre. At least one will be a play by Shakespeare.

Unit 2 - Literary Genres: Poetry and Prose
This Unit will focus on one chosen novel and selected writing of one chosen poet. These texts will be revisited in the second year before the final exam.

The second year of study is composed of a further two Units:

Unit 3 - Texts and Genres:
You will study texts from a specific genre, which will be a mixture of drama, short stories and a novel. This Unit is assessed by a 3 hour examination.

Unit 4 - Further and Independent Reading:
You will study a wide range of texts, some independently. This unit focuses on literary theory, and how authors create meaning. You will also look at the key questions associated with literature - How can we define literature? Why are some texts given a higher status than others? This Unit is assessed by two pieces of coursework.

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by examinations at the end of the final year and a piece of independent study in the form of the course work.

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Career Opportunities

English Literature will give you a wide range of job prospects including advertising, human resources, journalism, law, publishing, management, teaching amongst others.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are:

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above (A*-C) which must include Maths.

GCSE English Language and English Literature at Grade 6 (or B).

If you would like to study this course part-time, please contact the A-Level tutor:
Joe Capps: Joe.Capps@kendal.ac.uk

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A-levels, please complete a full-time application form.

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Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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