“Writers make a difference with words, creating new worlds and experiences in literature.”
English Literature at A level offers opportunities to develop your own interests and enthusiasms, especially a love of reading that is usually only the beginning of an enduring passion that will stay with you for life. Our A-Level course contains many magnificent novelists, playwrights and poets. You will have the opportunity to read and respond to some of the greatest literature ever written!
In addition to your own personal enjoyment, studying English Literature will equip you with valuable skills relevant to a wide range of careers. Students of English Literature are seen as literate and articulate. Studying great literature will help you to express your own opinions and ideas in the most appropriate and powerful way; an invaluable skill for your personal and professional future. English Literature fosters skills in communication, arguing effectively and using supporting evidence, thinking logically, strategically and critically, working both independently and as part of a team, meeting deadlines and in using computers. You can expect to leave our department with all these skills, making you an excellent candidate for a career in the media, law, accountancy and finance, management, personnel, and administration.
What CCEA says: “This qualification is for students who have an interest in reading and derive pleasure from it … Through the study of English Literature students will acquire skills that are valued in further and higher education as well as in the workplace. These include analysis, independent research, higher order thinking skills and the advanced study skills which will help prepare students for third level education.