English Literature

A-Level English Literature

Did You Know?

One of the oldest written poems (around 4000 years old, originating from Babylon) is the Epic of Gilgamesh, the story about king Gilgamesh who was described as half-god, half-man.

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board
AQA Specification A


"A-level English Literature is an engrossing, beautiful subject where every interpretation matters. It has given me a deeper insight into the meaning of language, and given me the chance to read some wonderful pieces of literature that I never would have experienced otherwise". - Rebecca Hughes, lower sixth student



What do I need to study this course?

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language and preferably GCSE English Literature.

What will I study?

English Literature offers you the opportunity to explore a wide variety of poems, plays and novels, from modern pieces by new and innovative authors to writers such as Shakespeare. You will be encouraged to develop your own opinions and be shown how to search literature for evidence to support your ideas. You will study Love Through the Ages for paper one and Texts in Shared Contexts for paper two, assessed through examination. You will also undertake the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA). This will take the form of an independent critical study of texts across time.

What next?

English is a valuable ‘all purpose’ subject, leading to many HE courses and future careers in a variety of areas including law, science and medicine. If you wish to study for a degree in English Literature, this course is essential.

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