Course Title AS/A Level English Literature
Level: 3
Code MS018

Overview of the Course

English Literature at A Level is the detailed study of novels, plays and poetry from a range of countries and eras. The course will enable you to develop an understanding of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on both the reader and the writer. Studying English Literature at Bury College with our highly committed and specialist staff will enable you to develop the rigorous critical skills that are required to critique your own work as well as the work of others. In addition, you will need a commitment to a substantial amount of private reading and independent study. You will also have the chance to go on theatre and cultural visits related to the course.

You will learn the importance of interpretation and of the significance of themes and ideas generated by texts. The two years offers an inspiring and fantastic range of literature. From Shakespeare, through to Victorian writing, taking in American fiction and finishing with twenty-first century British writing, the course covers a great variety of work from different eras, genres and writers. You will study the language writers use, the historical contexts of the literature, the critical works about texts and much more.


What are the career opportunities?

English courses provide you with the skills that are recognised and valued by a wide range of universities and employers. A Level English Literature can lead to a wide range of careers in fields such as journalism, politics, social work, law, education and more.

What are the entry requirements?

To study A Levels at Bury College you must obtain a minimum of six GCSE grades. These must include 4/5 in English Language and mathematics (minimum combined total of 9 points). Plus, a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. As well as a minimum of two additional GCSEs at grade 5 or higher.

In addition to these entry requirements, you must have GCSE English at grade 9-5 (A*-C).

How long is the course and when can I start?

This course will start in September and you will study for two years to achieve the full A Level.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The AS is assessed by two summer exams, each worth 50%.

The full A Level is assessed by two exams worth 40% each and also a coursework project worth 20%.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

The course will enable you to develop a range of communication skills, both written and verbal. You will also regularly work in groups on intensive tasks and longer term projects. The course includes contextual and theoretical research that often involves numerical data. Overall the English Literature course offers the opportunity to holistically develop your employability skills.

Work experience

All students on A Level Study Programmes will participate in a week’s work experience during each year of their course. This work experience will be tailored as far as possible to your career aims, or provide you with the opportunity to explore possible careers if you are unsure of your future goals.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

We plan a variety of cultural visits related to the course, guest speakers and lecturers may also feature. A range of enrichment activities are available at college and the A Level Study Programme team will provide you with opportunities to do activities that contribute to your wider growth and development. In many cases tutors will support your academic studies by allowing you to explore things that are related to the subject areas that you are interested in.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

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