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English Literature A Level (Block A) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

Students are expected to make active contributions to the lessons having read widely and thought critically about texts studied. A highly developed personal response based on a secure and detailed knowledge of literary features is the key to success in this course.

Course content

Year 1/AS

This two year course is designed to ensure breadth and balance. Students will study a wide range of poetry, prose and drama from 1300 to the present day. They will be encouraged to make connections and comparisons between texts and to investigate the contexts in which the texts were written and received. This allows students to consider contemporary critical writing and to develop independence.

In Year 12 students will study poetic form, content and meaning in preparation for responding to an unseen poem and extend their understanding of the concerns and choices of modern day poets. They will also study aspects of drama via one play, exploring the use of literary and dramatic devices and how playwrights shape meaning.

Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts. They will explore links and connections between them and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Year 2

Students will study aspects of drama via two plays, including one by Shakespeare. They will also study a range of poetry, from the established literary canon through to the present day.

They will study a selection of poetry from a specified poetry collection.

Coursework will be assessed via two texts. Both texts are enhanced by the study of the links and connections between them, different interpretations and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English and Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature


Year 1

Assessment is by examination.

Year 2

Assessment is by external examination (80%) and coursework (20%).

Future opportunities

University requirements

There are a wealth of universities offering English courses. These are some of the typical requirements: Cambridge A*AA, LSE A*AA, Bristol AAA- these are part of the Russell group. Royal Holloway AAB.

You could go on to do a degree in: English, or any other Arts or Science subject:; Linguistics; English or American Literature; Joint Honours, English with a variety of subjects; English with a foreign language; Applied English studies; Contemporary English; English Education; English Teaching; Creative Writing; English and Drama.

Career Options: Business Management; Civil Servant; Law; Politics; Writer; Journalism—post graduate; Editor; Teacher; Author; Sales or Marketing; Copywriter; Screenwriter

Further information

Teaching approaches build on those used at GCSE. If students are thinking of reading English Literature at university, they will opt for this course. For those students who are undecided, English Literature offers an excellent coverage of writing skills, both analytical and creative, and the emphasis on class discussion will ensure that all students develop effective oral communication skills. All students, however, will need to possess a love of reading, a keen interest in analysis and the willingness to discuss ideas freely in class.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 31 October 2017
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