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English Literature A Level at Itchen College

Course description

This is a course for those who wish to explore a range of genres and texts from different times that explore some big issues about our lives and world. It is perfect alongside other A Levels and great preparation for higher education.

This course is for you if... love reading and want to read a variety of novels, poetry and drama. want to explore how narratives and poetry work and would like to explore  the dramatic genres of comedy and tragedy. are looking for an A Level that will give you transferable communication skills that will help almost any other course or career.

Course content

You will follow the Edexcel specification.

Component 1: Drama

  • One Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy
  • Critical essays related to the selected Shakespeare play

Component 2: Prose

  • Two prose texts on a chosen theme
  • At least one of the prose texts will be pre-1900

Component 3: Poetry

  • A selection of post-2000 poetry
  • A range of poetry from either a literary period (either pre or post-1900) or a particular poet

Component 4: Coursework

  • A free choice of two texts to compare
  • The texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period and can be poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction

Your course will contain eight texts from the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama from a variety of periods, including a Shakespeare play.

Entry requirements

Grades 9-4 in English and four or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 and A*-C.


80% exam 20% non-exam assessment

Future opportunities

By choosing an English A Level, you will develop easily transferable communication skills that are also very desirable for most careers and higher education courses. English graduates enter a very wide range of careers in the media, public relations, advertising, marketing, publishing, library and information services, teaching, teaching English as a foreign language at home and abroad, the civil services, management in local government, commercial and industrial organisations, arts administration, the law, social work and many more fields.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to take part in creative writing. You will also have the chance to write and take part in a programme to be broadcast on Itchen Radio. There will be trips to museums, significant literary destinations and universities throughout the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Itchen College directly.

Last updated date: 11 August 2016

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