English Literature


They say that English Literature examines three things: who we are, what we are and why we are. This trinity is known as The Human Condition. English Literature explores The Human Condition in the most some of the most amazing and beautiful language that has ever been written; it introduces you to some of the most incredible characters that have ever been imagined; sometimes it tells you the saddest and funniest stories within the pages of one book. By studying English Literature, you can not only inherit the wisdom of the ages in your journey to adulthood, whilst fostering deep powers of reflection and analysis in your thinking and your writing. The course will endow you with qualifications far beyond an exam grade that can go on your CV.

You may want to know what passion, heroism and villainy can drive people to, or why our lives can take extraordinary twists and turns. Look no further than Literature.

The holy grail for some Literature students is to become a writer, but English can lead to specific careers in Journalism, Law, Publishing, Editing and Teaching, as well as equipping you for almost any future profession. Even if he did have to take a conversion course in Rocket Science to become an astronaut, would Neil Armstrong really have said “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” without majoring in English?!

Course Outline

The AS is a one year course which comprises of two
units of work:
Unit 1 – Prose fiction, pre-1900 and post-1900
Unit 2 – Poetry and drama

The A Level is a two year course which comprises of
four units of work:
Unit 1 – Poetry
Unit 2 – Drama
Unit 3 – Unseen Texts
Unit 4 – Prose study


• The AS is assessed after one year with two written exams, both of equal weighting and each lasting 2 hours. There is no coursework.
• The A Level is assessed after two years with three written exams, totalling 80% of the final mark and each lasting 2 hours. Unit 4 is coursework, and comprises a 3000 word essay, amounting to 20% of the final mark.


GCSE Grade 6 in English Literature
GCSE Grade 5 in English Language