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English Literature A level at Grace Academy

Course description

The course involves completion of a series of modules including poetry, prose, and drama from a variety of literary periods. You will study with growing independence, learning to become a critical and analytical thinker, fully preparing you for the demands of degree level study. You will learn to engage creatively with a substantial body of texts, exploring contexts and critical reception.

Course content

English Literature is an academic A-Level, valued by universities because of its emphasis on critical thinking and independence. In addition to this, it will open your eyes to periods, contexts, characters and plot lines which will inspire your creativity and alight your imaginations.


The novel – non exam component – students to produce a 3000 word essay on two linked novels – one pre-2000 and one post 2000.

Poetry – Christina Rossetti, Carol Anne Duffy & Phillip Larkin

Plays – A Streetcar named Desire, The Duchess of Malfi, King Lear

Unseen texts – students to read and respond to a range of unseen poetry and prose extracts

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English Language/Literature


A love of books


Three two hour exams and one written essay (80% exam – 20% coursework)

Informal assessment will be completed on a half termly basis with written feedback and targets provided.

Future opportunities

Further study at degree level

UCAS points towards alternative degree level study – a respected subject Respected by employers who view people with English qualifications as literate, critical thinkers.

Further information

In class teaching

One to one tutorials

Regular assessment of progress

Reading lists and recommendations

Our Teaching and Learning Strategy is at the core of our approach to our students and their learning. We aim to provide a learning community where students achieve excellence and where achievement is celebrated. We want you to enjoy your time at the academy and to be successful.

You will need to monitor your own progress. We want you to become self-critical and to think about how you can improve. We will expect you to work hard and productively. Being in the academy for as long as it is necessary for you to meet your targets and succeed in your learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grace Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016
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