English Literature
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Mathematics and English Language. English Literature at grade 4 or above.
Start Date: Sept 2021
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

The study of English Literature allows students to develop strong analytical skills by covering a range of texts across different genres, centuries, and from authors of various backgrounds, ages and genders.

What will I learn?

English Literature will allow you to study some of the best loved texts from the most renowned authors, poets and playwrights from throughout the ages. In addition, you will learn how authors use language to create meaning and you will explore the social, cultural and historical contexts within which the books were written.

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.


Materials and other information

You will be offered a range of enrichment activities, including trips and visits. Details of the cost of these will be provided as they are planned.

Progression and Careers

An A Level in English Literature offers excellent university progression due to the highly analytical nature of the course. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester, Lancaster University, Durham University, the University of Glasgow, the University of Leicester and the University of Sheffield.

They have gone on to read interesting subjects including English Literature, Anthropology and Art History, Broadcast Journalism, Teaching and Drama.

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