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English Literature - A Level (Wjec) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus:

A Level English Literature is a subject that encourages students to read actively and critically a range of literary texts and to enjoy their study of Literature.

Students will develop their ability to write critically and to debate, question and analyse the texts they encounter. Much emphasis is placed on enjoyment and independence, preparing students for university study. Students have significant freedom to choose their coursework texts in both Years 12 and 13 and lessons are centred on group discussion, debate and presentations. With a focus on debate and analysis, it is excellent preparation for a wide range of subjects at university level, and past students have gone on to study Law, Media, Classics and Literature and to pursue varied careers in Media, Business and Teaching to name a few!

In Year 12 students are currently studying The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald for their coursework and are free to choose a text for comparison. They also study Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings alongside Dannie Abse’s Welsh Retrospective, and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia for the examination unit.

In Year 13, students have freedom to choose the texts they study for LT3. We look at War in Literature as a theme and students can design their own task and reading list in response to this theme. For the examination we currently study King Lear, Oedipus Rex, and either Lyrical Ballads or Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale.

Course content

AS units in Year 12 Units

Unit 1 LT1 Examination unit:

Modern poetry and modern drama Section A Modern Poetry: Two texts. Choice of one from two questions Section B Modern Drama: One text. Choice of one from two questions. 2hrs 30mins - 60% of AS Level - 30% of A Level

Unit 2 LT2 Coursework unit:

Prose study and creative reading. One prose essay (1500 words) comparing two texts. One creative writing piece (750 words) inspired by a novel of student’s choice and commentary analysing the creative piece (750 words). 40% of AS Level -  20% of A Level

A2 units in Year 13

Unit 3 LT3 Coursework unit:

Period and Genre Study. Three texts: one piece of extended writing on texts from different periods and genres, including poetry and prose (40 marks).  20% of A Level

Unit 4 LT4 Examination unit:

Poetry and Drama 2 Section

A: Critical Reading of Poetry One text: pre-1800 poetry plus unseen poetry. Choice of one from five questions (40 marks).

B: Shakespeare and Related Drama Two texts: Choice of one from two questions (40 marks). 30% of A Level

Entry requirements

A*-B achieved in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • Students benefit from all the new facilities that have been built over the last 4 years: the Sports Hall, the new English and Maths Blocks, refurbished Science labs, to name a few.  Furthermore, we have our own state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre which provides a superb study room with networked PCs and a popular Common Room – a hive of student activity.