A-level English Literature

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 3 A-levels

“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill.” Barbara W. Tuchman, (Popular American historian and author, 1912-1989).

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom. But reading is still the path.” Carl Sagan, (Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, Astro-Biologist, Space Scientist and Planetary Scientist, 1934-1996).

If these quotations inspire you, if you are interested in the spoken and written word; reading and exploring literary texts that can change, offend, thrill, charm and educate, this A-level is for you.


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Ideal if:

You wish to progress to a Russell Group University which requires two facilitator subjects. Also recommended as a valuable premise to all academic subjects in higher education that require extended writing. The subject also counts as one of the two A-levels needed for entry to the Armed Forces. Beyond specific academic pathways, English Literature is enjoyed in and of itself.

You’ll need:

At least five GCSEs at grade C or grade 5, or above, including English.

You’ll learn:

Topics of study:

Component 1 Examined Drama:

William Shakespeare: King Lear

Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus

Component 2 Examined Prose:

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

Component 3 Examined Poetry:

Post-2000 Poetry – Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011

Pre-2000 Poetry – The Romantics



Component 4 Coursework:

Wilfred Owen: The Poems of Wilfred Owen

Khaled Hosseini: A Thousand Splendid Suns


A fun and disciplined learning environment where all learners have the opportunity to learn and grow in a nurturing and exciting forum. Diverse teaching and learning strategies always shape the course to ensure there is something for everyone! Students can also expect outstanding guidance, especially with coursework, that has historically secured some of the highest added value in the country. At this Centre we achieved 100% A*-B in this subject.

You’ll love:

English is well respected by employers and university admissions officers. The top 20 universities in the UK (The Russell Group) will now only consider students with two facilitator subjects at A Level of which English Literature is one.

You’ll go on to:

Further studies at university, higher level apprenticeship or employment. For example, Journalism, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Literature, History of Art and many, many more.



A-level English Literature

Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 years


Carole Gill A-Level Lecturer

Carole has a range of roles within the College and delivered a variety of subjects and qualifications, encompassing drama, functional skills, GCSE and Access to Higher Education.

"Classrooms should be dynamic and engaging; an environment that captivates learners and allows them to challenge preconceptions is an essential part of a learning journey".

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