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English Literature at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

This course is designed to encourage students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender.  Students will experience an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them and will investigate the wider social and historical context of their production and reception.

Course content

Students will experience an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them and will investigate the wider social and historical context of their production and reception. The course focuses on close textual analysis, the relationship between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood, and how groups of texts fit into themes. For examination, the set texts studied across the three papers will include two collections of poetry, two pieces of prose, one Shakespeare and one modern drama text. Students will also analyse and respond to one unseen poem, comparing it to a known poem. For the coursework element, students are required to produce a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900, on a theme of your choice.

This aspect of the course encourages autonomous personal reading, with teacher guidance on appropriate text choices and combinations, providing a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for independent study.

Entry requirements

Applicants to Hillview Sixth Form are expected to have a least a Grade 5 in both English and Maths. Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for A level English Literature is a Grade B/Grade 5 ro above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.  Students should also have an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Future opportunities

The qualities of oral and written communication that are gained through the course, combined with the high level of skills acquired in self-reliant study, provide a firm basis for future employment. Those who study English go on to a variety of different careers, including: broadcast and print journalism, multi-media, arts administration, advertising and marketing, primary and secondary teaching, and the law.

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Links with other courses

Drama, Media and Film Studies.

Those who study English go on to a variety of different careers, including: Broadcast and Print Journalism, Multimedia, Arts Administration, Advertising and Marketing, Primary and Secondary Teaching, and Law

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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Key information

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

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