Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.
If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.
When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices.
Is this course right for me?
Would you like to study a range of literary texts? Are you looking to develop skills of critical analysis and appreciation? This course allows you to examine important works of literature from across a broad period of time. It also develops your skills as an informed, independent reader and critic of literary texts. So, if you are a keen reader and enjoy discussion, join the debate and study English Literature.
The course can be taken as part of a full-time programme of study, in conjunction with other AS/A Level subjects, or possibly with other Level 3 courses.
The course can also be taken on a part-time basis by mature students.
Year 1 (AS Level)
Unit 1: Prose and Drama
Section A: This focuses on pre-1900 prose fiction. You will study a single text from the following range of novelists: Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy.
Section B: This focuses on the literary study of drama. You will study a single text from the following range of the dramatist: Christopher Marlow, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill, Joe Orton.
Unit 2: Poetry post-1900
Section A and B: These sections focus on critical analysis and comparison across two paired texts of poetry books: Edward Thomas and Alun Lewis; DH Lawrence and Gillian Clarke; Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath; Phillp Larken and Carol Ann Duffy, and Seamus Heaney and Owen Sheers.
Year 2 (A2)
Unit 3: Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry
Section A: This focuses on pre-1900 poetry. You will study a single text from the following range of works by individual poets: Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, John Milton, John Keats, Christina Rossetti.
Section B: This focuses on analysis and appreciation of a broad range of texts from a variety of sources.
Unit 4: Shakespeare
Both Sections A and B are based on the study of a single Shakespeare play from the following: King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, Henry IV Part 1, The Tempest
Unit 5: Prose Study
This unit focuses on independent free reading, helping you to develop your critical skills at an advanced level, studying two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and on post 2000, nominated by the tutor.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:
As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Classroom learning
- Analytical reading and writing
- Independent research
- Group work
The course is assessed as follows:
- External examinations are taken in June each year
- LT2 and LT3 provide coursework opportunities
Whether you gain the full A Level or just the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress.
You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions, including Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. This includes degrees in English, Creative Studies, and other language subjects, as well as many other options.
The skills you gain studying English Literature will have a broad range of applications, useful on many undergraduate courses. You will also have improved your career prospects, and will have the option of progressing directly into employment in a range of contexts.