A-Level English Literature

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6746-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • 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?

In the first year you will study the following texts:

  • Othello – Shakespeare
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy
  • Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller

In the second year you will study the following texts:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience – William Blake

Over the course of the two years you’ll undertake two coursework pieces which account 20% towards your final grade. The remaining 80% is made up of examinations at the end of the two year A-Level programme.

Entry Requirements

You will need 4 GCSEs at grade 5 or above. Please note that you will need a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written examinations 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.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Broadcast Journalist

As a broadcast journalist you would research and present news stories and factual programmes for television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy working with people then this could be the job for you.

Excellent communication skills are something you would need in this job. You’ll also need to be a good researcher and know where to find reliable sources of information.

You would usually need a degree to get into broadcast journalism. You could also move into this job from print journalism.

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Newspaper Journalist

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers. If you're interested in current affairs and you'd like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy.

You’ll need to have an enquiring mind and enjoy researching and investigating your story. You’ll also need to be determined and persistent, to make sure you get all the facts and to see your story published on time.

You can get into newspaper journalism by training at college or university, or by joining a local or regional newspaper and training on the job.

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Radio Broadcast Assistant

Radio broadcast assistants carry out administration tasks to make sure that live and recorded radio programmes run smoothly. If you love music or current affairs and have great organisational skills, this could be the ideal job for you.

You will be using your communication skills to deal with the public and radio show guests. You’ll also need to meet recording deadlines, so you will have to be flexible and use your initiative.

There are no set qualifications for becoming a radio broadcast assistant, although many assistants have a degree qualification.

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Media Researcher

As a media researcher you would support producers by finding the information, people and places needed for television or radio programmes. If you like investigating things and can get your creative ideas across to people, this could be the ideal job for you.

You would need to be a good organiser and be able to work accurately. You'll also have to be patient and determined when trying to track down information that is hard to find.

There are no set qualifications for becoming a media researcher, although many new media researchers have a degree level qualification. It’s also important to get practical experience and develop a network of contacts in the industry.

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Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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If you are organised, like working with people, and are enthusiastic about the value of information and knowledge, this job might be ideal for you.

Librarians are responsible for the day-to-day running of library services. They work in public libraries and in libraries in organisations like universities, colleges and schools, and also in some larger companies.

In this job you will need good customer service skills. You will also need to be confident using computers for research and administration.

You can qualify as a librarian either by studying for a university qualification or by working as a library assistant and doing work-based training.

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University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a University Plus programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Academic Study Programme

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

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

Blackburn Sixth Form

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, Blackburn Sixth Form 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 Blackburn Sixth Form student, 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.