English Literature

Course Overview

A Level English Literature is a two-year course which explores how authors view and write about the world. If you enjoy reading, it offers the opportunity to develop your interests and analytical skills.

You will experience a range of teaching and learning methods, including class discussions, group and paired activity, independent analysis, use of IT including PowerPoint and Moodle, and visits to the theatre.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6, including English Literature. English Language needs to be at a grade 5. You should have a love of reading widely and independently.


English is a useful subject for a wide range of careers including publishing, teaching, law, accountancy, marketing and jobs in the arts and media industries. A range of English-related courses are available at university, and our English Literature students have undertaken courses such as English and American Studies, English Literature, English Language and Literature, English and Creative Writing, English and Communication Studies, Education Studies and English and Journalism.

Course Outline

Paper 1 - Aspects of Tragedy

You will study:
ONE compulsory Shakespeare text (either Othello or King Lear).
A collection of Poetry
A modern play text

Paper 2 – Elements of Crime Writing

You will study:
Unseen Crime Fiction – Drama, Prose and Poetry
Further study of a major poet and a modern novel
Coursework: You will produce a 3,000 word folder based on texts of your own choice using different critical approaches.

A series of internal essay-based assessments and an end of year mock examination.

Coursework: You will produce a 3,000 word folder based on texts of your own choice using different critical approaches.

80% Examination
20% Coursework

Exam Board
(English Literature Option B)

Matthias Kappers 

“English Literature has been one of my favourite courses this year. At first I struggled but the teachers are all so helpful that I quickly knew exactly what I had to do to get the grades I wanted. This course has definitely increased my love of Literature as well as my knowledge.”

Matthias Kappers 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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