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English Literature A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

In studying English Literature you will develop interest in and enjoyment of the subject through reading widely, critically and independently across centuries, genre and gender. You will consider how writers – including you – succeed in shaping the responses and opinions of others. In essence, ’’The study of English Literature trains the brain and frees the imagination; it is about life and living and just where you fit into the world around you.’’

Course content

Component One 40 %

You must study one play by Shakespeare. In addition, you are required to study one pre-1900 drama text and one pre-1900 poetry text. 

Set Texts Shakespeare:

·                     Coriolanus

·                     Hamlet

·                     Measure for Measure

·                     Richard III

·                     The Tempest

·                     Twelfth Night 

Set Texts Pre-1900 drama

·         Christopher Marlowe: Edward II

·         John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi

·         Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer

·         Henrik Ibsen: A Doll’s House

·         Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband. 

Set Texts Pre- 1900 Poetry

·         Geoffrey Chaucer: The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale

·         John Milton: Paradise Lost Books 9 & 10

·         Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Selected Poems

·         Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Maud

·         Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems. 

Component Two: Comparative and Contextual study 40%

You choose one topic from the set list below and study at least two whole texts in your chosen topic area.

Set Topics and Core texts

American Literature 1880–1940

• F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

• John Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

The Gothic

• Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber

• Bram Stoker: Dracula


• Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale

• George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four 

Set Topics and Core texts

Women in Literature

• Jane Austen: Sense and Sensibility

• Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway

The Immigrant Experience

• Mohsin Hamid: The Reluctant Fundamentalist

• Henry Roth: Call It Sleep

Component Three: Literature post-1900 20%

You choose and study one poetry text, one drama text and one prose text all written before 1900.

Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Five 4s, including a 5 in English Language or English Literature.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board OCR. 80% exam, 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

A Level English Literature can lead to many career paths including journalism, writing, teaching, politics and the law. 

Further information

For more information contact: For more information contact Ms S Spikesley on OR 01480 375700 extension 5759.

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: 18 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Ee