The course involves completion of a series of modules including poetry, prose, and drama from a variety of literary periods. You will study with growing independence, learning to become a critical and analytical thinker, fully preparing you for the demands of degree level study. You will learn to engage creatively with a substantial body of texts, exploring contexts and critical reception.

About The Course

Course Introduction

Two year course which will require you to study a range of texts from the literary canon, by reading and responding to them.

Award Body


Course Suitable For

Anyone wishing to embark on this course must enjoy reading and have a genuine love of English: stories, plays and poems. The demands of the course are more stringent than at GCSE and you must be prepared for the increased level of difficulty and demand. However, if you do have a passion for literature and the desire to spend hours reading, debating and discussing texts then this is a wonderful course choice for you.

Preferable Entry Requirements

Grade B or above in English Language/Literature


A love of books

Why Study?

English Literature is an academic A-Level, valued by universities because of its emphasis on critical thinking and independence. In addition to this, it will open your eyes to periods, contexts, characters and plot lines which will inspire your creativity and alight your imaginations.

Progression Opportunities

Further study at degree level

UCAS points towards alternative degree level study – a respected subject Respected by employers who view people with English qualifications as literate, critical thinkers.

Why Grace Academy?

Excellent results. Small class sizes. Greater level of support from teachers who care and know you


The novel – non exam component – students to produce a 3000 word essay on two linked novels – one pre-2000 and one post 2000.

Poetry – Christina Rossetti, Carol Anne Duffy & Phillip Larkin

Plays – A Streetcar named Desire, The Duchess of Malfi, King Lear

Unseen texts – students to read and respond to a range of unseen poetry and prose extracts

Assessment Methods

Three two hour exams and one written essay (80% exam – 20% coursework)

Informal assessment will be completed on a half termly basis with written feedback and targets provided.

Support Provided

In class teaching

One to one tutorials

Regular assessment of progress

Reading lists and recommendations

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve. We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

Course Application

Contact the Post 16 Manager on 0121 329 4630 or email on juliebaker@graceacademy.org.uk.

Register your interest in your chosen courses and an application form will be sent out to you. All applicants are interviewed and conditional offers are made subject suitability of course.

Please note all courses on offer are subject to the minimum uptake for viability.