English Literature

Study arguably the world’s greatest literary heritage.


2 Years


Level 3

Career Sector


Available At

Seevic Palmer's

Start Date


Course overview

A-Level English Literature will encourage you to develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, literary study through reading widely and critically.

You will consider poetry, drama and fiction texts based on the subject of 'Love through the Ages' in year one and 'Modern Literature from 1945 to Present Day' in year two.

You will, by the end, be able to appraise different views of the texts and appreciate the significant of historical and cultural influences upon readers and writers. For any English A-Level, a love of writing and a commitment to undertake extensive, independent, challenging reading is imperative.

Entry requirements

  • Average point score* of 4.5 or above, calculated from all GCSE subjects. Your point score MUST include at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above - including English Language or Maths
    • If your English Language is a D/3, your Maths must be at least a C/4 and vice versa
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Literature
  • Grade C/4 or above in GCSE English Language.

What will I study?

Year one

  • 'Modern Literature from 1945 to Present Day' and a coursework essay comparing two literary texts.

Year two

  • 'Love through the Ages', comprising Shakespeare's Othello, a selection of pre-1900 poems and The Great Gatsby.

You will be reading and discussing the set texts, then analysing them for their literary content. Assessment is by regular internal assessments, a coursework draft and a mock exam in year one, and by final submission of coursework and two external exams in year two.


Why should I choose USP College?

  • Wide range of the theatre, museum and cultural enrichment trips throughout the year.
  • Highly experienced tutors who are passionate about their subject.


Additional costs

  • Course costs might include buying set texts and texts for your own wider reading.
  • Trips to the theatre or museum visits.

What could I do next?

As the most ‘traditional’ of the English A-Level courses, English Literature is particularly prized by leading universities. It will prove an asset if you are applying to study any degree course in the humanities or social sciences, all of which place a premium on your powers of written expression. English can also be combined with a wide range of other courses at university. The coursework unit, in particular, equips you with the independent research skills that are vital to success in Higher Education.

Former students have gone on to study degree subjects at university including: English, Journalism, Drama, Creative Writing plus many other academic subjects.

This course provides an excellent foundation for careers that demand a command of both spoken and written English, such as law, journalism, publishing, teaching and the media.


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