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English Literature A Level at Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form

Course description

A Level Literature is for those students who enjoy reading and are keen to develop their understanding of texts of a wide genre and diverse canon of writers, spanning different literary periods.Students must be willing to do wider reading around set texts, from lists prescribed by staff, to further enhance their understanding and response in exams)

Course content

AS Year

Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Poetry (Drama) Hamlet – Shakespeare (Revenge Tragedy) & Samuel Coleridge Selected Poems (list of 15 provided)

Drama and Prose Post-1900 (Poetry) The History Boys – A. Bennett (Comedy 2004) & 1984 (1948) – George Orwell (novel)

A2 Year

The Duchess of Malfi - John Webster

Poetry – C. A. Duffy – New Selected Poems (2004) For the close reading – Section A of the coursework. Focus could be what it means to be British/ British life

Gothic Literature: Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, Charlotte Bronte (Frankenstine,The Bloody Chamber, Wuthering Heights)

Beloved byToni Morrison




Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Language

Grade 5 in English Literature



Assessment Criteria AS Course:

  • AO1 – Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression (Shakespeare 15%/ Drama & Prose 15%)

  • AO2 – Analyse the ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts (Shakespeare 20%/ Drama & Prose 10%)

  • AO3 – Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received (Shakespeare 5%/ Drama & Prose 15%)

  • AO4 – Explore connections across literary texts (Shakespeare 5%/ Drama & Prose 5%)

  • AO5 – Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations (Shakespeare 5%/ Drama and Prose 5%)

(Examinations and Coursework)


Financial information

A school bursary may be awarded to anyone who applies and meets the financial criteria

16-19 TWM bus pass card (reduces cost of bus fare)

Free school meals (subject to meeting the criteria)

Future opportunities

This course will give you the necessary requirements to apply for a degree course at Higher Education. In addition, this qualification is useful for a range of professions including teaching, journalism, media, social work, law and psychology.

Further information

For more information contact Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form on 0121 464 3316 or visit our website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bordesley Green Girls' School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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