English Literature

A Level




Course Overview

This course, which is highly regarded as a facilitating subject by all universities, will help you to develop your reading and critical analysis skills through the study of various texts, from the 10th century to the present day. Written work will enhance your overall ability to structure and respond analytically to whole texts and unseen material, while regular discussion in class will help you develop your wider communication skills.



Coursework (20%) Exam (80%)

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

Standard entry requirements to include grade 5 GCSE English Literature and English Language and grade 4 Maths.

Exam board: Edexcel

£35 per year for textbooks plus optional theatre trips.

Programme leader:

Robert Pyburn

Course structure

Enhancing your studies

Life after Henley


There are a wide variety of options for students wishing to pursue a career that requires English skills. Some may be interested in roles in journalism, publishing or politics, however these may require additional study. Other areas to consider are media, marketing and PR, business and teaching. Students may consider direct entry into employment or further training.

Higher education

A key subject for students planning to continue on to university to study subjects including English literature, modern languages, history, law, classics, drama and performing arts, journalism and teaching. English Literature also provides a strong grounding for those wishing to pursue many other subject areas at degree level.

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