English Literature

A Level

Duration: 2 Years

Contact: Mrs Headley-Read

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE grades at 4 or above, including a grade 4 in English Language and Literature.

Course Content

This course involves studying a range of heritage and contemporary texts from the English literary canon, including poetry, prose and plays.

Students will learn how to form a debate about their reading in a concise manner, blending their understanding of authorial methods, contextual factors and genres. Two genres are studied: tragedy and crime.

This two-year A Level course is assessed over two written exams and two critical essays:

1. Aspects of Tragedy;
2. Elements of Crime Writing;
3. Theory and Independence.

Students develop skills of blending understanding of authorial methods, context and genre through written debate.


Open Evening Documents

Further Opportunities

This course could complement other Advanced Level courses or lead onto Higher Education in English Literature Studies, or other Higher Education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature Studies, such as a teacher, journalist or author.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers look for.

University Success

In 2019 96% of Homewood Sixth Form students were accepted by their first or second choice university.

Red Hot Progress

In 2019, Homewood’s Sixth Form was graded “Red Hot” for progress across academic and applied subjects by the ALPs organisation.