English Literature A Level at Northgate High School
The Year 12 course focus is ‘Love Through the Ages’, looking at poems, a Shakespeare play, two novels and an unseen prose passage. English Literature AS is assessed by two exams, each lasting an hour and a half. There is no coursework element in English Literature at AS Level. For the A Level there are also two exams, as well as a piece of coursework (20% of your overall grade), comparing an idea, theme or character in two texts that you have chosen, one of which must have been written before 1900. A Level Paper One (three hours), returns to the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’, while Paper Two has the new focus (and new books) of Modern Literature since 1945. In the latter you will write on poetry, a play and a novel (one written since 2000).
Close reading, discussion and activities around the texts in pairs, groups or as a whole class, sharing about your favourite books, creative writing, research on writers and texts, and theatre visits.
Subject specific entry requirements: GCSE grade 6 in either English Language or English Literature
A Level English Literature supports a wide range of university courses and careers, including journalism, marketing, teaching, publishing, public relations and the Civil Service.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northgate High School directly.