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2 Years
Milnthorpe Road Campus


Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

The English Literature A-Level course offers a broad insight into a range of key literary genres, including works by William Shakespeare, Ian McEwan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Arthur Miller. It affords students the opportunity to hone their independent reading, develop analytical viewpoints and to write in an evaluative manner.

This A-Level is awarded by AQA.

Assessment is composed of two summative exams at the end of the second year, along with the submission of two pieces of coursework. There are also opportunities for trips to see live theatre.

Year 1: The genre focus for this year is Tragedy. We will be studying Othello, Death of a Salesman and the Keats Collection.

Year 2: The genre focus for this year is Crime Writing. We will be studying Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Hamlet and Atonment.

Non-Examination Assessment: Students write two 1,500 word essays on a critical theory of their choice, using texts of their choice. One essay is on poetry and one is on prose.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above which must include Maths, and English Literature at grade 6.

Adult Learners:
Our A-Level courses are designed to be part of our sixth form, 'KC Sixth', and studied full-time (3-4 subjects). They have 3 classes on different days across each week & are run over two academic years with a tutorial provision alongside them. If you want to study A-Levels part-time (1-2 subjects), please email, and Student Services will contact you to discuss this further. Alternatively, we offer a fast-track route to Higher Education via our Access to HE courses, which are specifically designed for adult students.

After Your Course

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

A qualification in English Literature is a highly recognised academic achievement and demonstrates excellent communication, written and analytical skills.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.

Other costs may be associated with this course, e.g., kit, equipment, books, trips, etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Level 3-6 Courses

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/24).

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.


The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.

16-18 year olds

There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another institution.

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