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English Literature A level at Paston Sixth Form College

Course description

Samuel Coleridge defined poetry as ‘the best words in the best order’, and the English Literature course gives you the pleasure of reading the very best words in a wide range of poems, novels and plays from the sixteenth century to the present day. You explore and write about a variety of challenging and rewarding authors, while learning the skills of close textual analysis, how to use evidence to support and develop arguments, and how to express ideas clearly and accurately.

Course content

Probably the first thing you’ll want to know is what texts you’re going to study. 

You undertake two examined units (each worth 40% of your final mark and each assessed by a 2 ½ hour exam).

The first, Drama and Poetry Pre-1900, involves the study of a Shakespeare play and a comparison of some poetry and a play. For Shakespeare, we will study Twelfth Night.

For the second unit, we study one of five topics set by the exam board and will look at the way the immigrant experience has been represented in prose fiction, working on two challenging Twenty-first Century novels.

For the comparison element, we’ll do some work on Christina Rossetti (1830-1894), widely regarded as the most considerable woman poet in England before the twentieth century.

You also undertake a coursework unit (worth 20% of your final mark) for which you write two essays on literature post-1900.

Entry requirements

BBCCC at GCSE including a C in English Language and either Mathematics or a science.


Two exams, both 2 ½ hours in length (80%) and a coursework folder (20%).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Paston Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016

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