English Literature is one of the most vibrant and popular subjects to study at A level and will help you to develop an enjoyment and love of the written word. By reading widely, and critically, across centuries, gender and genre, you will develop as an independent reader and critic.
When you study A level English Literature online you’ll explore key literary works – learning how to reflect on and evaluate the content, before making your conclusions and communicating them in an eloquent and precise way.
You’ll explore how to objectively analyse more complex literary issues using theories and critical ideas. These skills will form the basis for further study at higher education level and are highly-valued, essential skills for a wide variety of job roles and professions.
If you have real pleasure in reading then English Literature A level will probably be your favourite subject! As a core subject you’ll be able to combine English Literature with any other A level as it complements all areas.
As part of the course you’ll be taught to look critically at a text’s historical and culture period which will enable you to develop an understanding of literature in all its forms – while also enjoying some great works. Our English Literature A level course is ideal if you:
Section 1 Love through the ages: The Great Gatsby
Section 2 Love through the ages: pre-1900 poetry
Section 3 Love through the ages: Othello
Section 4 Love through the ages: unseen poetry
Section 5 The non-exam assessment (NEA)
Section 6 Modern times: Spies
Section 7 Modern times: All My Sons
Section 8 Modern times: Skirrid Hill
Section 9 Modern times: unseen prose
Section 10 Revision
Study A level English Literature with us and benefit from:
Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.
This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.
You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.
Meet Kathryn who is just one of our first-class English tutors:
“My academic qualifications include a BA (2:1) honours degree in English Literature and a PGCE in English at Leeds University. I have worked as an AQA examiner for the past 14 years which has provided me with a comprehensive insight into the examination requirements for A level Literature. As well as tutoring, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing the violin and piano and walking and cycling in the Yorkshire Dales.”
*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.
You will need copies of all the texts listed below. It will be helpful, but not essential, to use the editions listed:
You will also need:
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
Your course fee does not cover:
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
*You will need to complete at least four NEC assignments before the tutor can start looking at your NEA work. The deadlines for completion of these and other elements of the NEA will be available on learn@nec.
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £695
Amount of credit: £625.50
Monthly payment: £104.25
Duration of agreement: 6 months
Total repayable: £695
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.