A Level English Literature encourages you to develop a passion for English literature as well as literary heritage. Through reading widely, critically and independently, you will become an expert in literature across centuries, genre and gender, and will be challenged to seek out patterns and identify developments over time, forming informed theories on why this may be.
The specification offers you the opportunity to experience literature at its best, not just through set texts but by encouraging independent reading of linked texts too, thus creating well informed, critical readers. It also enables you to synthesize the knowledge, understanding and skills of the course, allowing you to connect and compare a wide range of whole texts and extracts.
English literature is a subject that encourages the sharing of opinions and evolution of ideas and is suited to those with a passion for reading but also those who enjoy analysis and making connections across texts and topics.
A Level English Literature consists of two main topics - Love Through the Ages and World War I and the Aftermath - as well as a Non-exam Assessment (NEA). You will be developing your inference and analytical skills as well as your communication and reasoning skills, both verbally and in writing.
English literature allows you to develop your skills as a critical reader, your empathy with both fictional and non-fictional people and events, and your ability to make connections and form theories. It will therefore work well alongside any other course, but particularly subjects such as history, geography, sociology and law.
The skills you will develop studying English literature are among the most transferable, meaning you will have a broad spectrum of opportunities available to you.
University courses you may wish to pursue include:
If you are considering an apprenticeship, you could think about working in:
The course could lead you almost anywhere because the skills you will have developed are so appealing to employers. Some example careers are:
Students often continue on to university. Some recent destinations include: