Exam Board: AQA
Why A level English Literature?
English Literature has enabled mankind to express itself and in return, we are able to question and affirm our own values and beliefs through the power of literature. By exploring a range of texts, we are able to enhance our experiences of different cultures, philosophies and eras.
What will you study?
A level English Literature provides a deepening insight into the social and historical contexts which influence writers. The exploration of literature enhances critical thinking and analysis, developing excellent communication skills. In the study of English Literature, classical and modern texts come alive and have relevance to our ever-changing world.
University degrees that require or often prefer English include:
English Literature, English Language and Linguistics, History, Media Studies, Drama, Modern Foreign Languages, European Studies and American Studies.
Directly related: Journalist, technical writer, editor, author and lecturer
Further afield: Public relations specialist, lawyer, sales, stockbroker, brand manager and advertising.
Minimum grade 6 in GCSE English Literature
'The beauty of literature is discovering that your longings are universal longings, that you are not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.'
F. Scott Fitzgerald