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Here at Kendal College, we have a culture of high expectations, creating an environment in which A-Level learners can thrive.

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Course Overview

The English Literature A-Level course offers a broad insight into a range of key literary genres, including works by William Shakespeare, Ian McEwan, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Arthur Miller. It affords students the opportunity to hone their independent reading, develop analytical viewpoints and to write in an evaluative manner.

Assessment is composed of two summative exams at the end of the second year, along with the submission of two pieces of coursework. There are also opportunities for trips to see live theatre.

Year 1: The genre focus for this year is Tragedy. We will be studying Othello, Death of a Salesman and the Keats Collection.

Year 2: The genre focus for this year is Crime Writing. We will be studying Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Hamlet and Atonment.

Non-Examination Assessment: Students write two 1,500 word essays on a critical theory of their choice, using texts of their choice. One essay is on poetry and one is on prose.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6

After Your Course

English Literature will give you a wide range of job prospects including advertising, human resources, journalism, law, publishing, management, teaching amongst others.

A qualification in English Literature is a highly recognised academic achievement and demonstrates excellent communication, written and analytical skills.



Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.

This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:

  • Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
  • Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
  • Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
  • Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
  • Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
  • Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course

Level 3-6 Courses for Adults

Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.

Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.