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English Literature A Level at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth

Course description

Why study English Literature at A level?

  • Study a range of interesting, stimulating and challenging texts
  • Develop high order skills of analysis, argument and expression through class discussion and essay writing that will benefit the student in university and in the world of work
  • Experience extra-curricular activities such as writing workshops, lectures and live drama

Course content

The course includes poetry, prose and drama texts ranging from Shakespeare to modern writers. Students will also be asked to write creatively and develop unseen analysis skills.

Year 12

LT1: Poetry and Drama 1

  • Poetry: The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin (Core) and Welsh Retrospective by Dannie Abse (Partner)
  • Drama: Dancing at Lughnasa, by Brian Friel

LT2: Prose Study and Creative Writing

  • Prose study: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (core) & The Road by Cormac McCarthy (partner)
  • Creative reading: (a) personal creative writing response and (b) a commentary on their creative process

Year 13

LT3: Period and Genre Study

  • The Prelude Book 1 by William Wordsworth (core)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (core)
  • A Toy Epic by Emyr Humphreys (partner)

LT4: Poetry and Drama 2

  • Poetry: Songs of Innocence and Experience by Blake (core) & unseen poem analysis (partner)
  • Drama: King Lear by William Shakespeare (core) & Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (partner)



  • 30% of A Level
  • 2 hour written examination


  • 20% of A Level
  • 1500 word essay
  • 2 x 750 word coursework pieces


  • 20% of A Level
  • One 3000 word comparative essay


  • 30% of A Level
  • 2 hour written examination

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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