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English Literature A level at Pensby High School

Course description

The AS course offers three options and those offered at Hilbre or Pensby include the Literature of the First World War, The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature, or Victorian Literature. Six texts are studied altogether, two for coursework (40% of the total AS marks) and four for the examination. The examination consists of an extract for close reading and commentary plus three of your texts linked to this as wider reading plus a question on a set poetry text. Coursework consists of two essays totalling approximately 2,500 words.

The A2 course, to complete the full A Level, again has coursework worth 40% and a two and a half hour examination where you will compare poems and short extracts of prose and drama on the theme of Love Through the Ages, as well as linking these to wider reading on this theme. For coursework you will write about a Shakespeare play and then link this to two other texts on a related theme; one extended essay of approximately 3000 words is required.

Course content

The course is designed to develop your close reading skills and to enable you to read widely and make meaningful connections between texts. An understanding of the ways the texts are written (form, structure and style) is as important as the actual content. Our aim is to make you an aware, alert and discriminating reader – as well as one who enjoys reading literature in all its forms.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least Grade B at GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature


Through coursework (40%) and formal examination (60%).

Future opportunities

English Literature is accepted as an academic A Level for acceptance for further study in a wide variety of subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pensby High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 September 2015
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