English Literature


AS and A Level English Literature allows you to read and discuss a wide range of texts from different eras and genres, while also exploring the social, historical and cultural issues that those texts both reflect and influence. This qualification is an excellent and highly regarded preparation for most undergraduate courses, but particularly Journalism, Law, Philosophy, History, Media Studies, Film Studies and Modern Foreign Languages, as well as English. In your AS year, you will study the dramatic genre of tragedy through critical analysis of different texts; a Shakespearean text, a more modern play, a novel and a collection of poetry.

You will also be required to study one other text which can be linked to other texts you have studied. In addition to the texts you read in class, you should also be able to draw on your own independent reading to make links between texts. Indeed, at A2, you will have the opportunity to design and write independent coursework essays focusing on literary texts of your choice in conjunction with a critical anthology. You will also explore crime writing in more depth, while learning more about literary theory and criticism, to enhance your writing and interpretation skills and to develop your own critical perspective. If you enjoy reading and discussing literature, then this is the AS/A Level for you!


Grade B or above either in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature or in GCSE English.
Grade C or above in a Modern Foreign Language or a Classical Language would be useful, but is not essential.