Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 3 Part-Time - Day Bede Campus A-Levels
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

The English Literature A-Level allows you to develop your reading and writing skills in a logical way, this course is for students who are passionate about reading with a desire to study Literature at an advanced level. It’s ideal for those who want to develop their analytical reading and academic writing skills.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including English.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits. There is a reading list attached to this course and many of our students prefer to purchase their own books so that they can annotate freely.

This course uses a dynamic range of teaching methods generally within a classroom environment. You will experience a range of activities including: Individual, paired and group work, creative interpretation and independent study skills. Your speaking and listening skills will be honed to perfection due to a strong emphasis on interactive, student-centred learning. You might also take part in theatre and university visits as a way of developing understanding of texts.

There will be a formal assessment in the style of three open-book exams in the summer of your second year. Leading up to this you will be assessed in class using a series of methods ranging from Q&A, debate, individual/group tasks and mock exams.

English and maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

In the first year you’ll study Drama and Prose, this includes; a study of two plays from the Tragedy genre; the classical; William Shakespeare’s Othello and the modern; Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. This will help you understand the origins of Tragedy as well as how the genre relates in archaic, to more contemporary styles of writing. Your analysis and interpretation skills will be further stretched with a comparative study on the topic of Science and Society using Mary Shelley’s iconic Frankenstein (1818) and Margaret Atwood’s prophetic The Handmaid’s Tale. All of the above will be looked at holistically as narratives and you will be analysing why authors make certain choices when telling their stories, as well as the effect their writing has on the wider public.

The second year will focus on coursework linked by theme, movement, author or period (20%) and poetry. You will study Geoffrey Chaucer’s bawdy comic The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and a selection of poetry from modern poets writing in the early 2000s. All texts studied will involve wide reading on a largely independent scale and evaluated using a range of perspectives and literary criticism, including that of a psychoanalytic, Marxist and Feminist vein.

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What’s next?

The course opens up a route way to further study at Sunderland College or a university of your choice, in subjects such as English, Journalism, Philosophy, Media and Teaching.

Possible careers include:
Publishing, editing, teaching, archiving, public relations, advertising, and journalism. Your opportunities are almost limitless.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.