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English Literature A Level at St Cuthbert Mayne School

Course description

This is a course for students who enjoy discussing their reading and writing about the texts they study.  It involves studying the texts in the context of historical development and the cultural expectations of human relationships down the ages.  This is a broad and accessible course that is regarded highly by universities.  Your studies will ensure you are prepared for any Literature course at degree level but equally it will give you analytical and writing skills that can benefit your future career.

Course content


All students will study:


‘Atonement’ or ‘The Go Between’

Pre 1900 Poetry


Year 2

New texts you will study will come from a section called:

Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day

Core texts could include

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood

A play: either ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ or ‘Cat On A Hot Tin Roof’

Poetry:  ‘Skirrid Hill’ by Owen Sheers

Entry requirements

5 A* - C Grades, including Grade 9 – 4 English Language and Mathematics

GCSE Grade A* - B in English Literature and Language


Paper 1:               3 Hours                 ‘Love through the Ages’

Paper 2:               2.5 Hours             ‘Texts in shared contexts’

Coursework (not a controlled assessment)

One extended essay 2,500 words and a bibliography.

Future opportunities

Advertising, Journalism, Scriptwriting, Film Studies, Publishing, Business, Communication, Law.

Many medical schools prefer an A Level in a traditional non-science subject such as English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Cuthbert Mayne School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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