Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.  Students should also have achieved a grade 6 or above in English Language.

What will I study?

Year One - Tragedy

From AQA’s set texts we have currently chosen Shakespeare’s Othello, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and a selection of John Keats’ poetry. Students explore concepts such as the role of the tragic hero, how language highlights tragedy and how structure leads to a tragic ending. Assessment is by a combination of closed and open book examinations.

Year Two - Political and Social Protest Writing

Students build on the first year with the addition of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Jim Crace’s Harvest and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. Assessment (worth 80% of the final grade) is by formal examination, exploring political and social protest writing alongside an unseen text. Students also complete a non-exam assessment (worth 20% of the final grade). Alongside AQA’s Critical Anthology which contains a range of texts, students study Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale, Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and George Orwell’s 1984. They produce two essays, for example considering the role of gender or the treatment of the environment in the texts studied or in one of their own choosing.

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most A Levels, particularly essay writing subjects such as Modern Languages, History, Psychology, Sociology, Drama and Theatre Studies and Film Studies.

What could it lead to?

Degree level study in areas such as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law etc. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge, Newcastle, Birmingham, UEA, Manchester and other top universities.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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