Cheslyn Hay Academy, Saredon Road, Cheslyn Hay, WS6 7JQ
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
english literature a level at aspire sixth form

English Literature A Level

Curriculum Intent

To engage, enthuse and inspire students. The department offers a creative and challenging curriculum that places an appreciation of the English language and a strong reading culture at its heart.

Why should I study English Literature?

A Level English Literature offers a clear progression from GCSE. It allows you to build upon the skills and knowledge you have already gained as you prepare to study Literature in greater depth. It is a clear choice for anyone who enjoys reading and who is interested in the big questions that affect human existence. 

A wide range of texts are on offer and staff choose carefully to ensure a range of genres and styles are studied which will appeal and be of interest to sixth form students. You will be taught by inspirational staff who have a real passion for the subject. English Literature is a highly respected A Level subject that can be instrumental in helping students gain a place at university in a variety of subjects.

What skills will I gain?

Students will gain a great deal academically from the study of English Literature. It is a subject that actively promotes the development of transferable skills. One of the key skills you will build on throughout the course is how to write and develop your ideas coherently and critically. This is an essential skill that will aid you in your other subjects and is invaluable both in higher education and the world of work. You will be encouraged to consider alternative interpretations of texts depending upon the context and listen and respond to ideas sensitively during seminar style lessons.

What career paths is English Literature suitable for?

English Literature is a flexible qualification that will support a variety of career paths. The skills you gain from the study of English Literature are marketable in almost any area, contributing as it does to the ability to read in depth and to write and communicate clearly and coherently. Career choices by past students in the subject have been many and varied, and have included further study or jobs in the following diverse areas: Law, Teaching, Journalism, Accountancy, Publishing, Media, Public Relations, Midwifery and Advertising.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above; including English and/or maths.
  • National data suggests successful students will have achieved an average points score of 5.11 or more.