Course at a glance


This Accredited Level 3 diploma is designed to explore English Literature. You will explore short story, novels, sonnets by Shakespeare as well as Poetry. Through this unit you will cover a variety of novels by different authors and learn about their background and their writing too. You will gain knowledge of the different types of writing styles and techniques of writing.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will have an opportunity to learn the different varieties of writing styles and techniques
  • To review the various authors covered within this course and their background into writing
  • Look at different pieces of literature such as sonnets, novels and poems
  • The course encourages the development of reading, understanding and writing different pieces of literature

This course consists of Ten Units and is a qualification awarded by Oxford Learning College, in its own right; with the quality assurance of a leading awarding body (CIE Global) that hallmarks this professional qualification.

Assessment Objectives (AO)

AO: 1

Students must select and demonstrate clearly relevant knowledge and understanding through the use of evidence, examples and correct language and terminology appropriate to the course of study. This assessment, involves two written assignments: one halfway through the course and following the final unit. Both are assessed and graded by the assigned tutor, according to college procedures.

AO: 2

Students must critically evaluate and justify a point of view through the use of evidence and reasoned argument. They can include evidence in different formats to support their written work such as documentation or images to support their course.

Quality of Written Communication (QWC)

In addition, OLC require students’ to produce written material in English. Candidates must: ensure that text is legible and that spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPG) are accurate so that meaning is clear; select and use a form and style of writing appropriate to studying a complex subject matter; organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary when appropriate and Harvard referencing of citation and sources. In this Specification, SPG will be assessed in all tutor marked assignments (TMAs)

To ensure that we maintain quality standards; all our students written assignments are subject to our plagiarism policy and procedure.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Entry Requirement

Entry to this English Literature Diploma requires that potential students have gained GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent qualifications and have, good English oral, reading and writing skills.

Advice on enrolment and guidance of prior learning (APL) can be obtained through out contact centre. The course is a rolling programme and can be started at any point in the year. Successful students can go on to Higher Education, including remaining as students at OLC to complete courses in our portfolio of higher awards.

All students must be aged 16 or over.


The coursework is assessed through continuous assessment with no formal exit examinations.

Study Hours

Approximately: 200 hours of personal study time for the entire course is recommended. All of which is supported by the OLC Course Tutor, who we greatly encourage students to access support from throughout their course.

Quality Assurance

This course has been developed by the College’s professional team of tutors to meet the needs of sector based employers and employees. It is also part of the College’s validated level three Diplomas’, recognised internationally, as verified and moderated Centre for Interactive Education (CIE Global). Further details of our accreditations are provided on our website.

Course Length

1 Year.

Awarding Body


Course Content

The whole level three diploma has TEN (10) specific units of study, which are sub-divided into topic areas these are:

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 1: Introduction

In this unit you will be introduced to genres, short stories and novels. You will review each one and learn how they are different. You will gain knowledge and understanding in how these are written which is different compared to sonnets and poetry.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 2: Arnold Bennett

Within this unit you will explore the background of this author and his upbringing as well as discovering his passions which were theatre and writing.  Students will review work of other authors such as Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, H G Wells and Rudyard Kipling.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 3: The Novel: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

This unit focuses upon the term novel. You will learn what a novel is, how it is written and the genre. You will explore the story of Frankenstein and learn of its Gothic genre. You will be able to define the plot of the story and re-tell it from your own interpretation.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 4: Poetry: Shakespeare’s Sonnets

Here you will discover Shakespeare’s wonderful world of sonnets including poetic devices. You will explore the bibliography of Shakespeare and the theatres and audience of his time. You can do further reading of your own in this unit and compare his varied writing styles or different literature, this will help you to understand the differences between writing styles.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 5: Poetry: Pre 1914

In this unit you will learn you will research the background of Robert Browning and his love of writing poems and reading Homer from a young age which inspired the writer he then became.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 6: Poetry: Post 1914

You will explore the history behind two poems from 1914. Students will be expected to review specific work from Robert Frost and the piece he won an award for. Upon  completion of this unit you will be able to review the differences between work from pre 1917 and post 1914 and gain the knowledge required within.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 7: First World War Poetry and Poetry From Other Cultures

How you review your skills and knowledge you have gained from the previous six units. You will now be able to look at a wider selection of poetry and explore World War poetry. You will have the confidence to break down the poetry into meaning of culture and manner.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 8: Drama

As you work through this unit you will learn the meaning behind the term ‘drama’. You will familiarise yourself with dramatic techniques and dramatic texts. You will gain an understanding of Act I Hobson’s Choice and explore authorial intervention.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 9: Hobson’s Choice

You will review Act II from Hobson’s Choice. Here you will be able to understand the themes incorporated into this Act and examine the deeper meanings as well as meaning of words used.

Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma Unit 10: Hobson’s Choice

In this final unit will finalise Hobson’s Choice by reviewing the final units III – V1. You will have knowledge of Hobson’s Choice and be able to read the final Acts in more depth and have a more positive understanding of it in general. You will be able to understand terminology used and be secure in giving your opinions. A great genre to use to further knowledge of English Literature.


This Accredited Level 3 English Literature Diploma can be used to gain entry to a Level 4 Diploma or higher.

More information on the Level 4 Diplomas we offer may be found via the following link: