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English Literature A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls

Course description

English Literature A Level is both exciting and challenging. It gives students the opportunity to pursue their own reading tastes and to experience a wide range of writing from Shakespeare to literature published after 2000. We encourage students to develop an informed personal response to what they have read, based on close analysis, independent thinking and class discussion. Throughout the A Level course, independent wider reading is an essential element as is the need to place texts in their social and historical context. Students will also develop their critical and conceptual thinking skills, applying literary theoretical approaches to the reading of a text, and analysing a text in light of literary criticism. The A Level coursework provides the opportunity for students to develop their independent research and extended essay writing skills. In addition to the teacher-guided study of set texts, the ‘Comparative and Contextual’ exam component enables students to choose their own texts and independently explore the fascinating genre of dystopian fiction.

Course content

Modules include: Shakespeare, drama and poetry pre-1900; comparative and contextual study; literature post-1900.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a Grade A in English Literature and preferably a Grade B in English Language.

Future opportunities

Employers recognise that an applicant with an A Level in English Literature will be a good communicator. The course can be a valuable support to other essay based subjects but can also be an enjoyable contrast with Science or Mathematics. A degree in English Literature is a springboard into many careers, such as those in the media, publishing, advertising, management, education and public relations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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