The English Literature AQA A-Level course aims to combine the skills of reading with interest, understanding and enjoyment and an ability to think and write critically and analytically. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to pursue their own interests and to take part in visits to theatres, cinemas and university lectures. Students will be expected to research the social, cultural and historical contexts of their texts and join in group discussions and presentations. They will study a wide range of writers from a variety of periods, with a key aspect of the course wider, independent reading. Students will learn to critique others’ perspectives and indeed be a critical evaluator themselves.
Traditionally English Literature students go on to higher education; occupational interests usually cover journalism, law and teaching.