English Literature A-level

2 years

Course Details

Indulge your creative side and take up the challenge of studying English Literature.

If you enjoy reading and analysing novels, poetry and plays and want to broaden your horizons by sharing ideas with like-minded people, then this is the course for you.

In the words of Albert Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

You will study four texts from the genre of tragedy: King Lear, Death of a Salesman, Tess of the D’Ubervilles and a selection of poetry by Thomas Hardy.

You will also study the genre of crime writing by reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Atonement and Brighton Rock.

You will also learn to analyse unseen texts in the exam and produce a coursework folder of two 1500 word essays linked to critical theories such as feminism, Marxism and eco-criticism.

You will need a minimum or five GCSEs, including Grade 5 in English Language together with four other subjects at Grade 4 or above (one of the four subjects must include Maths).

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have achieved a minimum of a Grade 5 in English Literature and a minimum of a Grade 5 in English Language. A love of reading and writing is also expected.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

AQA A-level English Literature (7717)
  • Examination – Paper 1 (Tragedy or Comedy)
  • A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Elements of Crime or Political Writing)
  • A-level (40%) 3 hours
  • Non-Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Critical Approaches)
  • A-level (20%)
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
Degrees in English, Law, Journalism and Media and Cultural Studies and any career requiring high level communication skills, such as, Publishing, Public Relations, Marketing, Journalism, Media, Management, the legal profession and Teaching.

University Guarantee

Every Sefton Sixth Form College student who successfully achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at Sefton Sixth Form College. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.