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English Literature (A-level)

English is a wonderful and important qualification that is both exciting and important, providing you with opportunities to develop your skills and abilities, as well as pathways to further education, employment, and further training.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: A Levels
School Leaver - Academic
Location: Joseph Wright Centre
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Joseph Wright Centre

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Course Information for Students

English is an exciting and important qualification which will enable you to develop your skills and abilities, providing you with progression routes to higher education, employment or further training.

This course will enable you to analyse, interpret, compare and understand a wide range of English texts from a number of historical periods. 

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 5 and Maths at grade 4.

In addition, you should have GCSE English Literature at grade 5 [C/B] or above. 

You will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in literature and wider reading.

A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.

It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.

You will study texts based on both tragic and political perspectives of drama, prose and poetry. You will also be required to study a Shakespeare text in depth in preparation for the examination.

This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.


Your final grade will be based on 80% examination and 20% coursework. The coursework is completed during the second year of study.

This course will help with entry to higher education or employment.  Career prospects include roles in primary, secondary and further education teaching, education advice and guidance, advertising, media, recruitment consultancy, publishing, human resources, journalism, secretarial work and special needs support assistance.

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.


Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.

Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors


Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors

Higher Education Teaching Professionals


Higher Education Teaching Professionals

Authors, Writers and Translators


Authors, Writers and Translators

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DCG Success Stories

Hannah McDonald in her PCSO uniform

Hannah McDonald

Confidence gained in English lectures helps A level student Hannah secure policing role

There aren’t many PCSO places so it’s extremely competitive and it was a tough recruitment process. My English lecturers were incredibly supportive in helping me prepare my application, even though we’ve not been at College for months because of lockdown. Going to JWC has definitely been confidence-building and a good grounding for my police career. My English teachers taught me how to speak up for myself and not be afraid to give my opinion.

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:50 pm