Skip to content ↓

English Literature at Edgbaston College  

English Literature refers to the study of texts from around the world, written in the English language. Generally, literature refers to different types of text including novels, non-fiction, poetry, and plays, among other forms.


Unit Modules Weighting Length
Paper 1 Literary Genres 40% 2h 30m
Paper 2 Texts and genres 40% 2h 30m
Coursework Theory and independence 20% Two 1250-1500 word essays

Good Subject Combinations

In English literature there are a variety of texts studied and a wide skill-set is required to excel in the course. Being an essay-based subject, it is recommended to also study related subjects, such as languages and history alongside it. However, as analysis and creative thinking are key components of the course, Maths Sciences and Economics would also be a great combination with English.

Future Prospects

Advantageous abilities such as analysis, creative writing and innovation are learned during the A Level English Literature course. Having strong writing and analysis skills is important for any career and will be valuable during university. For instance, you will be able to write eloquent essays and dissertations during your university course, and thus be more likely to outperform your peers who would be less confident in these projects. Furthermore, for future career opportunities these skills are transferrable to most professions. It is common for English students to pursue Law, Politics and even STEM subjects at University.

Frequently Asked Questions


Can English Literature be completed in one year?

Yes. This is typically done when:

  • Students who are retaking their A-Levels
  • Students who wish to complete the course in one intensive year  

Do you offer other exam boards for Retake students?

We try our best to cater for all student needs. Please contact admissions for further information.