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English Literature at King Ecgbert

Course description

This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate a range of literature of all genres.

You will be expected to read at length, bringing your own insights to modern and classic texts, as well as exploring the texts from various literary theory perspectives.

You will be preparing texts for examination and for coursework.


Course content

Literary Genres: Tragedy

In this unit you study 3 main texts linked to the genre of tragedy: King Lear (or another related Shakespeare play), Death of a Salesman and poetry by John Keats. You will be assessed on these texts via examination in Y13.

Texts and Genres: Political and Social Protest

In this unit you will study three main texts for assessment via examination in Y13: Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will also be taught how to respond to a variety of unseen pieces of literature in preparation for an unseen passage in the examination.


You will complete two pieces of coursework which explore potential meanings in literary texts using critical theory and ideas (e.g. Marxist criticism, feminism…). Currently, we teach The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter as our first coursework text, but due to the ever changing nature of literary theory and contemporary literature, we have a free and flexible choice in these pieces. This gives our students the chance to be really individual and give original and personal insights into fascinating texts.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Literature - High Grade 5 or better


Paper 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hour 30 minute exam - closed book) 40%

Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hour exam - open book) 40%

Coursework (2 essays) 20%

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Future opportunities

As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas.

In the past two years, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham, Durham University and the University of Oxford:

English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing.

Further information

As a department we consolidated our trend of excellent results in A Level English Literature, achieving 55% A*-B in 2017 and maintaining a year-on-year improvement at A*-C.

Once again, our teaching at A Level was rated through ALPS as excellent, achieving Grade 3, putting us securely in the top 25% of all schools who deliver this course. Our results at GCSE (with another new course) were again extremely strong, with 28% of our students achieving Grades 7-9 (A*/A) and 82% gaining Grades 9-4 (A*-C). 7% of our students achieved the new Grade 9, putting them in the top 2% of all students nationally.

You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching.

We also offer A Level English Language.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: As - Year A2 - 2 Year
  • Course code: 7716 AS 7717 A2
  • Web url: WWW.AQA.ORG
  • Number of planned places: 20

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