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English Literature (GCE) at Shelley College

Course description

Why study English Literature?

English Literature is a subject focused around exploration and analysis, discovery and discussion. Throughout this course you will discover a range of British and American literature; from modern poetry and classic ‘must read’ novels to dramatic American plays. If you love reading and exploring ideas, then this course is for you!

Studying English Literature will allow you to develop the following skills - analysing use of language, exploring themes and effects; understanding and evaluating character, presenting ideas in discussion, expressing ideas and views in writing, researching genres and historical periods; communicating in individual and group work, writing creatively and imaginatively.

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.

We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).


There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.


Average Grade

Programme of study


Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels


Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway


Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway


The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:




Component 1: Drama - Paper code: 9ET0/01

one Shakespeare play and one other drama from tragedy.

● critical essays related to Shakespeare play.

● Written examination - 2 hours and 15 minutes.

● Total of 60 marks available – 35 marks for Section A and 25 marks for

Section B.

● Section A – Shakespeare: one essay question, incorporating ideas from wider

critical reading

● Section B – Other Drama: one essay question.

Total 30% of grade

Component 2: Prose  - Paper code: 9ET0/02

two prose texts from specified theme

● Written examination -  lasting 1 hour.

● Total of 40 marks available.

● Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on

specified studied theme.

Total 20% of Grade

Component 3: Poetry  - Paper code: 9ET0/03

Students study:

● poetic form, meaning and language

● a selection of post-2000 specified poetry

● a specified range of poetry from specified poetry collection.

Written examination -  2 hours and 15 minutes.

● Total of 60 marks available – 30 marks for Section A and 30 marks for

Section B.

● Section A – Post-2000 Specified Poetry: one comparative essay question on

an unseen modern poem written post 2000 and one named poem from the

studied contemporary text

● Section B – Specified Poetry Pre- or Post-1900: one essay question

Total 30% of Grade

Coursework  - Code: 9ET0/04

Students study 2 specified texts

Students produce one assignment:

one extended comparative essay referring to two texts

● Total of 60 marks available.

Total 20% of Grade

Future opportunities

Career and future study options

English Literature is a varied and flexible subject which develops lots of useful transferable skills and knowledge.

Possible career routes include:

Journalism - Reporter, Critic, Columnist

Teaching - Primary, Secondary, Higher Education

Advertising - Sales, Copy, Design

Creative Writing - Novelist, Poet, Screenwriter

Film & TV - Acting, Directing, Production

New Media - Sales, Web Design

Theatre - Directing, Acting, Production

Marketing - Research, Sales

Public Sector - Librarian, Communications Officer

PR - Press Officer, Event Coordinator

Entertainment - Promotion, Marketing, Press

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: 13 October 2017
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