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English Literature (A Level) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description

The course provides you with an introduction to literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. You will be required to show knowledge and understanding of: the functions and effects of structure, form and language; some of the ways in which texts are interpreted by different readers and relate to one another, and some of the contexts in which they are written and read. As the course continues you will develop and enhance your techniques of analysis, evaluation and comparison of literary texts in the context of a wider range of texts of cultural and literary significance. You will be required to show knowledge and understanding of: the significance of the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure as well as undertaking independent and sustained studies to deepen your appreciation and understanding of literature




Course content


1: Shakespeare and pre 1900 drama exam - 2 hours 15 minutes (30%)

2: Prose exam - 1 hour (20%)

3: Post 2000 with unseen poetry and study of specified poet - 2 hours 15 minutes (30%)

4: Coursework - Two novels of students' choice (20%) 


Entry requirements

General entry requirement:

Students should achieve GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics plus 3 further GCSE grades 9-4 (or grade C in non-reformed qualifications) AND meet the individual subject specific requirements.


2 x 2 hour 15 minutes exam

1 hour exam

2500 - 3500 coursework


Future opportunities

The analysis of texts, critical reading, discussion and written expression developed in this subject would be ideal for many degree courses, including English Studies, Drama, History, Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Journalism, to name but a few.

Further information


To discuss this course please contact our Team Leader of English, Mr T Ashworth.

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: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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