Course Overview

This is an ideal choice for anyone who loves reading and books. You will study an exciting variety of texts, writers and genres from different historical periods including novels written in the past ten years. Literature is interested in the big questions affecting human existence and we encourage you to share your own views on these topics.

This is a highly respected qualification that can help you to gain a university place in one of a variety of subjects. You will develop a range of transferable skills, such as learning to think analytically, evaluating different interpretations of texts, and listening and responding to others in preparation for the seminar style environment you are likely to find at university. One of the most important skills you will learn is how to write coherently and critically. This is an essential ability that will be useful in your other subjects and is invaluable in Higher Education and the world of employment.

Course Structure

Year One comprises two Units:

Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative
This Unit will focus on two novels and selected writing of two poets and will be assessed by a two hour exam.

Unit 2 - Dramatic Genres
You will study two plays within the comedy genre. At least one will be a play by Shakespeare. This Unit is assessed by coursework.

Year Two comprises a further two Units.

Unit 3 - Texts and Genres:
You will study texts from the gothic genre, which will be a mixture of drama, short stories and a novel. This Unit is assessed by a two hour examination.

Unit 4 - Further and Independent Reading:
You will study a wide range of texts, some independently. This unit focuses on literary theory, and how authors create meaning. You will also look at the key questions associated with literature - How can we define literature? Why are some texts given a higher status than others? This Unit is assessed by two pieces of coursework.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 (including Mathematics) and English Language at a minimum of Grade B/6.

How Will I Learn?

A wide range of teaching and learning methods will be used, including individual and group work. There will also be the opportunity to attend the theatre.

Skills You Will Develop

  • An understanding of different types of genre
  • An understanding of writers' methods and meanings
  • Analytical skills and a wider knowledge of critical theory
  • Writing and debating skills
  • The ability to work independently.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • Units 1 and 3 by examination
  • Units 2 and 4 by coursework.

Things You May Need

You will need to purchase the set texts.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
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Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
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Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
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