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English Literature


As an English Literature A Level student you’ll develop a deep understanding of some of the world’s most incredible texts …


Of course, you’ll have to enjoy reading. You’ll have an inquisitive mind and a passion for words. You’ll revel in pulling a text apart to reveal its deepest meanings. You’ll broaden your horizons, expand your mind, change your way of interpreting the world. Studying English Literature at Connell will allow you to express your opinions on a wide range of literary masterpieces, refine your analytical and essay- writing skills and provide you with a solid and highly respected qualification when it comes to life after college.

In your first year you will learn about Poetry and Drama from pre-1900, studying classic writers such as Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare. You’ll also make a start on your coursework and begin to learn about 20th Century American Literature.

In the second year you will focus on American Literature and context and study fantastic novels such as ‘The Great Gatsby’ and superb plays like ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’


There are regular trips to the theatre. In the last year we have seen Hamlet in Stratford- upon-Avon, The History Boys in Birmingham and The Crucible in Manchester. Students have also participated in visits to the BBC in Salford Quays and HOME in Manchester.


You will sit two exams at the end of your second year, and submit two pieces of coursework. Each exam is worth 40% of your overall A level qualification, and your coursework folder accounts for the remaining 20%.


The majority of English Literature students go on to Higher Education, studying subjects such as English, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Journalism, Marketing and many more. However, the skills that you will gain during these two years will be transferrable to a number of subjects at undergraduate level, as well as a number of different career pathways.


To study an A level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. There are no additional requirements for this subject, but it would be beneficial if you enjoy reading and have a passion for Literature.




This subject will take two years to complete. Please note that this is a linear subject, therefore you will be taking all of your exams at the end of your second year.


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