English Literature

English Literature

A Level
Full-time, Sixth Form Study Programme
Examining Board: Eduqas

About the Course

English Literature involves the study of a wide variety of texts. You will be encouraged to form your own opinions, develop your skills of literary analysis and read widely.

You will study a Shakespeare text looking at the issues of Shakespeare’s era, with close analysis of language and dramatic themes. You will also study a thematically linked pairing of plays both old and new and make a similar comparison of poetry.

An important part of your second year is individual study of modern literature for a long comparative essay. Your teacher will help you with this. For example, you may want to explore Dystopian fiction or the use of the unreliable narrator in literature. The choices are yours!

English Literature is a highly valued university degree and past students have gone into journalism, finance, research, law and teaching among many other professions.

The course:

A two year linear course assessed through three final examination papers and a non-exam assessment essay.


Each hour of taught lessons should be matched with homework and independent reading. Group work as well as individual study and analysis of literature are integral to the course.

Typical content/projects:

Reading prose, poetry and drama:  individual research:  group presentations and academic essays on a very wide variety of texts.


The appreciation of literary works, including style, themes, contexts and a variety of critical perspectives leads to discussion, essay writing and extended project work.

Study visits to Stratford and other literary venues, theatre visits, English Society and Oxbridge preparation.

Potential careers

Journalism, Creative Arts and Media, Law, Civil Service, Heritage Industries, Business and Marketing, Teaching and research.

If you want to have something on your timetable that you always look forward to, then I would recommend choosing English Literature!

Jamie - English Literature student

Watch the video of Hattie talking about English Literature at Huish, view Sam talking about the course here.

Literature students enjoyed discovering more about Shakespeare and his birthplace in their annual trip to Stratford. Highlights included some interesting interaction with performers in 16th century costume and impromptu open air performances.

Students in the garden of Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford

Students in the garden of Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford

To do this course you need the following:

  • Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Maths and English Language

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College facilities

Hawthorn Building & Student Services

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Case study

English Literature - Anya Murray

English Literature - Anya Murray

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