• LevelLevel 3
  • Age group16-18
  • Duration2 years
  • Awarding bodyAQA


This is a course for you if you are interested in the further exploration of poetry, prose and drama.

A Level English literature allows the development of skills of literary analysis and build on existing skills acquired at GCSE.

Course Information

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01642 333333 or email courseinfo@mbro.ac.uk.

You will study texts from different time periods: from Shakespeare to the present day.

You may wish to study English literature alongside English language if you are interested in entering the teaching profession as a teacher of English.

September - June

Entry requirements

  • 5 or more GCSEs (not equivalents) including maths at grade 5 or above. 
  • Grade 6 in English language.

  • Paper 1 (Section A) is based on a study of one Shakespeare play and a poetry anthology. This is a ‘closed book’ written exam. 
  • Section B based on prose study (the theme is ‘Love through the Ages’).
  • Paper 2 is based on the literature of WW1.

This qualification will provide you with a range of transferable skills so that you can progress onto a range of our HE courses.

Past students have progressed onto our foundation degree in Business (Human Resource Management) or (Marketing and Enterprise) and have then completed the top-up degree.
Past students have progressed onto our foundation degree in Social and Public Sector Studies and then completed the BA (Hons) Social and Public Sector Development degree.
Past students have also progressed onto our Cert. Ed: Education and Training qualification which is a professional teacher education programme that will qualify you to teach in the post-compulsory education and training sector. After completing this course students have progressed onto our BA (Hons) Education course.

A student of English literature will acquire many desirable skills for employers as they progress through the course. You may wish to study both English disciplines or decide to combine it with subjects such as psychology, history and sociology. English literature is aimed at those considering a career in many fields and professions and is therefore useful for a wide range of careers in the following areas:

  • Management
  • Law
  • Education (home or abroad)
  • Publishing
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Museum Service
  • Business
  • The Charity Sector

The College Careers Service is available to all our students. We can help you when deciding which course or option you wish to take. During your course we ensure you develop employability skills and gain relevant experience. We provide information, advice and support when completing your course and progressing to work or going into higher education. When applying for university we can provide support with the UCAS application and Student Finance.

Tuition fees are free if you are a UK or home- fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course.

If you are aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances. 

Many people qualify for free tuition fees, for more information please contact Course Information on 01642 333333. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time students.

Please click the apply now button at the top of this page which will take you to an application form to apply for A Levels, or you can download a full time course application here and print it out, complete the form and send it to the College. You only need to apply once for A Level programmes. After receiving your application form you will be invited to attend an informal interview where you will have a chance to discuss which specific A Level subjects you would like to enrol on.

If you have any queries with regards to your application or you would like further information and support, please contact our Admissions Team on (01642) 333601. Or if you have any enquiries about courses, please contact Course Information on (01642) 333333 or e-mail CourseInformation@mbro.ac.uk

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Learning Support

We understand that students may require a little extra help during their studies, which is why our learning support team are on hand to help learners with a learning difficulty or support need achieve their full potential.

Financial Support

Whatever your age or level of study, we offer a comprehensive financial support service and bursary scheme to help you through your time at Middlesbrough College. From childcare assistance to travel packages, we pride ourselves on giving expert advice and support.

Travel Information

We are situated in a fantastic location, just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough town centre. As well as being a matter of minutes from both the train and bus stations, eligible students can also benefit from free travel.