English Literature A-Level at Coopers School
We encourage students to be active readers responding in a personal, as well as a critical, way to literature from different historical periods. The course requires a minimum of seven texts to be studied over the two years. We will expect students to read a selection of books from a given list over the summer preceding the course in preparation for their set texts.
A typical lesson may consist of group work, discussing a critical interpretation of a text and debating your views. To deepen your understanding of a topic, you will be invited to attend a wide range of trips: the theatre, lecture days and author or poet interviews. Competitions run all year round and you are encouraged to enter these to demonstrate your love of literature in a variety of different ways.
GCSE English Language B or better
GCSE English Literature B or better
You will be assessed on:
- Drama – Students will study Othello (William Shakespeare), critical essays regarding Shakespearean tragedy in a critical anthology and A Streetcar Named Desire (Tenessee Williams).
- Prose – Students study two texts thematically linked by the supernatural. These texts are likely to be A Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde) and Dracula (Bram Stoker).
- Poetry – Students study a selection of poetry of a specified era to prepare for an unseen poetry exam. Students will study Victorian Poetry.
- Coursework essay - An essay on two texts which may be the students' own choice (one pre-1900).
English Literature A level is held in high esteem by universities and by employers. It can be the basis for higher education in the Arts leading to a wide range of careers including journalism, law, business, public relations, publishing, marketing and education.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coopers School directly.