Hartpury College

English Literature

Course Overview

If you enjoy reading a wide range of novels, poems and plays, and writing essays about them, then read on. You must be prepared and motivated to do a great deal of reading in your own time and ready to share your critical ideas with the other students in your lecture group. This subject will help you become a well informed and effective communicator and an independent thinker.

English Literature relates well to all other A-level subjects: it is the perfect complement to subjects such as History, Psychology and English Language, but also sits well alongside the science A-levels, especially if you are considering medicine or veterinary science.

The skills you acquire through English Literature will enable you to consider a range of degree courses and a range of career paths in areas such as journalism or other branches of the media, education, law or practically any profession where you need to read thoughtfully and express yourself clearly and fluently in writing and in speech.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


General A-level entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade A*-C, which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science.
To study A-level English Literature you will need: Grade B or above in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Students under 19 years of age on 31 August 2016: Tuition is free for the duration of your course (full-time courses only).
Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all Further Education students and covers the cost of outside visits, the engagement of special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results.  

How to apply

Download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save.

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