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English Literature

Entry Requirements

Grade 6 GCSE in English Language and Literature.  

Course Content

“That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.”
–Anthony Trollope


If that’s your idea of Heaven, then A Level English Literature is for you.

The course here offers a varied and interesting selection of texts, including modern and classic English novels, plays from Shakespeare and the present day, and poetry of different periods, examining the social and historical context of each in significantly greater depth than at GCSE.

You will cover the full range of themes that you’d expect in Literature, exploring life and love and death, and everything that makes up the human condition. In particular, you will delve into the world of literary utopias and dystopias, the representation of marginalised groups in society, corruption in all manner and form, and the power of the individual throughout. 

You will be taught to think and write analytically, considering and responding to different interpretations. At the heart of all of this is the way in which you will broaden your perspectives and empathic understanding: Literature really does shape the way in which you see the world.



A Level Units Examined in Year 13     % of A Level
Paper 1 - Shakespeare, drama and poetry pre-1900 
  • Shakespere
  • Drama and Poetry pre-1900 

Paper 2 - Comparative and contextual study  

  • Critical appreciation - unseen genre passage
  • Comparative essay


NEA: Critical analysis and comparison of two post‐1900 texts 20%
Coursework is completed in Year 13.


English graduates do things as diverse as working in law, design and technology, computing, journalism, accountancy, publishing, TV, music, education, retail, catering and writing. The beauty of English at A level is that it prepares you for everything in general and allows you to keep your options open during the course of your student

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