English Literature


This two year course introduces you to a wide range of texts and teaches you the skills of literary analysis and evaluation, which will help you to engage creatively and critically with language. It covers a range of fiction and non-fiction texts including drama, prose, fiction and poetry. You’ll also study an anthology of speech and writing.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, journalist, writer, advertising professional, lawyer, publisher and editor.

English literature, English language, linguistic studies, media studies, journalism, humanities, social sciences, publishing, marketing and teaching.

Topics you'll cover


  • Tragedy and literature
  • The Great Modern Poets (Anthology)
  • Tragedy authorial methods and context
  • Science and society: comparisons between Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go.


  • Othello: tragedy, authorial methods and context
  • The Great Modern Poets (Anthology)
  • Coursework assignment.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Coursework
  • Three written exams on drama, prose and poetry
  • Exam board: Pearson
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English.

What students say about the course

"This course is made up of three elements: novels, plays, and poetry. In poetry we look more deeply into context, compared to GCSE level, to really understand the meaning behind the poems and why they were written. My favourite texts so far include the poem ‘Eat Me’ by Patience Agbabi, the novel Frankenstein and the play Dr Faustus, as these led to an in depth exploration of contrasting attitudes towards, and the place of, women in society across different time periods.  We also debated the value of life and the consequences of pushing the boundaries of what was accepted in society over 200 years ago. Next year, I will be studying poetry as well as the novel “Never Let Me Go”, which takes a rather disturbing approach towards the genetic engineering of human beings for organ donation."

Dan Taylor, previously at Hampshire Collegiate School

Additional information


Students are expected to buy their own copies of course texts. You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment.

A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.

If you have any issues with regards to payment, please contact us.