Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level English Literature

  • Course Code CG60090
  • Start Date 5th September 2019
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

The study of English literature exercises the imagination, the emotions and the intellect. It is about life and living and your relationship not only with yourself but with the world around you.

This course offers you the chance to study a rich variety of literature from many different periods and lands. Amongst the texts we may study are Shakespeare’s Othello and the American classic A Streetcar Named Desire, a variety of love poetry across the ages, a Victorian novel like Tess of the D’Urbervilles and some great American novels like The Great Gatsby and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. you will also study post twentieth century literature like the poetry of contemporary Welsh poet Owen Sheers. All of these texts are stimulating and interesting and there are several opportunities for you to develop and research your own interests and to bring your own creative and independent skills to the tasks.

If you love reading and love the written word then this is the course for you. It will help you to have an open mind, an enquiring brain and to develop a precise writing style, a sensitivity to nuance and hidden meaning and a good level of general knowledge.


  • Exams; you'll sit two written exams in year 1, two exams in year 2 as well as and an independent critical study.
  • Frequent topic tests
  • Mock assessments
  • Practical assessments

What can I study alongside this A Level?

You can choose two other A Level subjects. Many of our students choose to also study psychology, media studies and/or sociology alongside English literature.

What are the career opportunities?

English is a skill valued by employers and universities and an English qualifications demonstrates a creative and rigorous mind, an ability to communicate effectively and self-discipline. Past students are to be found in TV and journalism, commerce and finance, politics and the law. Some have become teachers, actors and writers: there is nothing limiting about an interest or degree in literature.

An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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