Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


English Literature

English Literature

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WJEC A-level English Literature

A-level English Literature involves the detailed study of plays, novels and poetry across a range of genres and eras.


Is this course right for me?

The course encourages you to develop your interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically, as well as introducing you to the traditions of English Literature.

This subject is acknowledged and respected by employers and universities alike. It combines well with a huge range of other advanced level studies as it develops empathy, creativity, communication, debate and individual thought. It is also a forum for exchanging ideas.

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and Mathematics/Numeracy
  • English Language and Literature grade B 
  • Please check the AS Level Options Grid to see if this subject fits into your chosen programme
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

During the course you will develop the skills needed to be able to critique your own work as well as that of others. You will discover the importance of interpretation alongside developing an understanding of the importance of cultural influences.

Units to be studied include:

  • Prose and drama
  • Poetry post-1900
  • Poetry pre-1900 and unseen poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Prose study

Learners also complete the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales and are required to develop their essential skills (communication/numeracy and digital skills). Learners will also attend a weekly group tutorial.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Written examination

This course can lead to a diverse range of career opportunities in a varied range of businesses including: Digital Copywriter, Editorial assistant, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Lexicographer, Magazine Journalist, Newspaper Journalist, Private Tutor, Publishing Copy-editor/Proof-reader, Secondary School Teacher, Web Content Manager, Writer.

If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) to check any entry requirements.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Last updated: 24/10/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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