You will enjoy English Literature A level if you enjoy reading and discussing novels, plays and poetry, like to explore the imaginative ideas of others writers, want to develop analytical and creative skills and relish the challenge of balancing alternative opinions and arguing your own.
A good grade in A-Level English Literature speaks volumes to universities and employers about your capacity to think for yourself and to communicate your ideas effectively. Perhaps more importantly the opportunity to study great literature offers all open-minded people a stimulating challenge. Reading English Literature is a personal voyage of discovery into human experience and imagination as it has been expressed in written form over many years. English is an academic discipline where personal response, and the sharing of that response in discussion, is valued. It is not a subject for someone who finds discussion intimidating; in fact, what makes English enjoyable and interesting is the exchange of ideas, opinions and interpretations. You should never accept inertly received ideas, but be prepared to share your own viewpoint and respond to new perspectives that other readers suggest. You should therefore be someone who enjoys reading and talking about what you have read and the effect it had on you. If you have not read much at this point, it does not matter, but you should be willing to start!
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