What will I study?

Studying A-Level English literature at Sutton Community Academy will encourage you to develop your interest and enjoyment of the written word. By reading widely, and critically, across centuries, gender and genre, you will develop as an independent reader and critic. You will be taught to critically analyse a text according to its historical and cultural period and, as well as enjoying great works, you’ll develop keen powers of analysis and an understanding of literature in all its forms. You will also study a range of texts including Shakespeare’s Othello and Arthur Miller’s Death of a salesman to explore how tragedy has changed across the ages. In Year 13, you will study novels, plays and poems which have been seen as making social and political statements. These will include The Handmaid’s Tale and The Kite Runner.


Where can it lead to?

Many students decide to continue their study of English Literature at university. This A-Level can also be used to gain access to a Degree in history, creative writing, politics, media and communications or journalism.

The skills taught on this course will equip you with the knowledge necessary for a working life in teaching, publishing, the media, social work, law and the public sector (defence, education or social security).


You might be interested to know…

Year after year the pass rate for this course is continuously high. The teachers have a passion and enthusiasm for the subject which they keen to share!

The coursework element allows you to select which texts you are going to analyse.


Entry requirements

It is expected that you will have a grade 5 or above in GCSE English literature.