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English Literature A Level at Newport Girls' High School

Course description

At Key Stage 5, English compliments subjects in the humanities such as History.  However, many students also take English alongside science based subjects as it is an opportunity to develop communication skills and show a breadth of knowledge.  Admission tutors for English at university level look for high grades from applicants, as it is a popular course.  A degree in English can be a stepping stone to careers in business, law, publishing, PR, the public sector and teaching.

Course content

Students studying A level English will complete one coursework essay worth 20%, with terminal examinations at the end of Year 13 counting for 80% of the final mark.

Students will study prose, poetry and drama from a range of periods and countries.  There will also be opportunities to attend theatre trips and lecture days.  The course includes the following:


Pre-1900 drama and poetry

Post-1900 drama and prose

Close reading of extracts

A comparative literary study (A-Level coursework component) 

Entry requirements

Students who do well at English Literature are those who have a genuine interest in books and reading and in the arts in general. You will need to be able to think independently and creatively, as well as having a methodical approach to your studies. Debate and discussion play an important role in the course and we expect you to share and discuss your ideas freely and openly


A level [80% Examination and 20% coursework]

Component 1: Drama: Shakespeare and a 20th century drama text [30%]

Component 2: Prose: The Supernatural in Victorian literature [20%]

Component 3: Poetry: 21st Century and literary heritage poetry [30%]

Component 4: Coursework: Comparative essay on 20th century American literature [20%]

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newport Girls' High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years


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    • Transport may be available in conjunction with other providers from Telford, Market Drayton and Wolverhampton.  Public service buses run from Stafford, Telford and Shrewsbury.  A number of local arrangements are also coordinated by parents.  A leaflet detailing bus routes and times is available from the school.