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English Literature AS & A Level at The Camden School for Girls

Course description

This is an exciting and challenging course which introduces you to some great texts from 1300 to the present day. The course covers all three genres: Prose, Poetry and Drama.

Course content

You will study 8 texts, 4 in the first year and 4 in the second year.

A typical programme of study:

  • A Shakespeare play such as Hamlet, The Tempest or Twelfth Night.
  • A Selection of Poetry such as Chaucer’s The Merchant’s Tale, Milton’s Paradise Lost, Books 9 & 10 or Selected Poems by Coleridge.
  • A Modern Drama such as A Streetcar Named DesireThe History BoysJerusalem or That Face.
  • A Modern Prose Text such as The Great GatsbyThe Bloody Chamber1984 or Mrs Dalloway.
  • A Classic Drama Text such as The Duchess of MalfiShe Stoops to Conquer or A Doll’s House.
  • A Genre Study such as American Literature, the Gothic, Dystopia or Women in Literature.
  • Coursework which focuses on twentieth and twenty-first century texts.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 Grade Bs or above at GCSE including English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.


For the full A-Level, there are TWO examinations and a Coursework component:

  • Drama and Poetry Pre- 1900
    2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Comparative and Contextual Study 
    2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Non-Examined Component (Coursework)
    Close Reading/Recreative Task (1000 words)
    Comparative Essay (2000 words)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Camden School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 October 2016
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