English Literature

Type of qualification – A Level

Exam Board – OCR

Course Description

Do you have a passion for looking at the world through literature? If so, then this two year course will introduce you to hundreds of years of literature in English, allowing you to consider characters, themes, contexts and the craft of the writer across the centuries. Throughout the course you will learn to analyse literature from different genres and develop your ability to create academic argument. Your input, ideas and engagement are crucial and you will be encouraged to develop sophisticated responses and writing styles.

What next?

Students have gone on to attend their chosen universities, including Oxford and Exeter, to study courses as diverse as history, journalism and law, as well as English. Some students have also found the life experience gained through literature invaluable in their careers in the care sector and in applications to the armed forces.


Drama and Poetry Pre-1900


American Literature

Literature of War


Examination 80%

Coursework 20%

Additional Activities

Theatre trips

Literary tours

Lecture visits

Student Financial Contribution: Purchase of set texts

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 6 in GCSE English Language and English Literature

What our students think

“I enjoy the course because I like the way you get to explore literature in different contexts throughout time.”

Nya, previously South Wilts Grammar School