A Level English Literature

Course Code: Q100035

Key Information

  • Course type

    A Levels

  • Campus:

    Sixth Form Campus

  • Start Date:

    Sept 23

  • Duration:

    Two years

  • Attendance:


  • 16-18 school leaver fee:


For those who love to read and discuss their ideas about texts.  It is a traditional academic course that is valued by universities and provides students with skills that will be very useful for further study.

Units include:

  • drama and poetry pre-1900, including Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
  • comparative and contextual study, including two Gothic prose text
  • non-exam assessment.

Do you love to read? Do you enjoy unpicking a literary text to find the deeper, hidden meanings? Studying English Literature gives you a unique opportunity to hone your skills of analysis and argument, as well as challenging you to question your own and others’ ideas. You will study a range of literary texts and genres as well as the contexts in which they were written. You will use literary theories to pose your own questions about the texts and develop your own ideas.

This course works with many opportunities, including the Extended Project (EPQ), Hinglish, mentoring through the Portsmouth Scholars scheme and Unloc’s ‘You Speak’ debating competition.


Did you know?

This course can be combined with additional A Levels or a Sixth Form vocational course.

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including a grade 5 or above in English language and a grade 6 or above in English literature.

80% exam, 20% coursework.

You will have a 9.55am start, one lesson in the morning, one in the afternoon and a guaranteed 4pm finish. You will also have at least one morning and one afternoon per week free for private study.

You can progress to university to study subjects such as English, journalism, media studies, drama and theatre studies, history, law and education.

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