A-Level English Literature

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Course Information

  • Course Code: 6746
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

On this course you will be introduced to a wide range of texts old and new. If you enjoy reading, discussing and writing about fiction then this is the subject for you.

Offering a clear progression from GCSE, this course allows you to build on the skills and knowledge of literary techniques you have already gained and helps you prepare for your next steps.

What will I study?

Year 1 - Literary Genres - Tragedy or Comedy (Drama)

Possible Texts: Twelfth Night or Othello by William Shakespeare, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller or Educating Rita by Willy Russell.

Prose: Possible Texts: Emma by Jane Austen, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

Poetry: Possible Texts: AQA Anthology with extracts from the works of Chaucer, Milton, Hardy, Rossetti, Tennyson and Betjeman: AQA Anthology with extracts from the works of Donne, Burns, Larkin, Swift and Duffy.

Year 2 - Texts and Genres - Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Political Writing

Possible Texts: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie; Brighton Rock by Graham Greene; Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens; When Will There Be Good News by Kate Atkinson; The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood; The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Hard Times by Charles Dickens.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature (or equivalent).

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam and coursework.

What can I do next?

Many students studying English Literature choose to advance onto a related Higher Education course. These may include a degree that combines the two elements of the A-Level or combines one element of the A-Level with another subject. A degree in English Literature opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You could find employment in areas including journalism and broadcasting, law, media and teaching.

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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