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English Literature GCE A Level at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

English Literature offers you the opportunity to explore a wide variety of texts, from modern pieces by new and innovative authors to writers such as Shakespeare and Chaucer. You will be encouraged to develop your own opinions of texts and shown how to search literature for evidence to support your ideas. We will also help you to develop your writing styles and essay techniques. Participation in group work and presentations is also an important part of the course.


Course content


You will be studying Love Through the Ages from Chaucer to the present day, considering the arc of time and assessing the typicality of the writing according to its time of composition. This study will include one Shakespeare play, pre-19th century poetry and the comparative analysis of unseen poetry. This unit is assessed through examination.


You will also explore Texts in Shared Contexts. The focus for this examination is modern times (post 1945). This study will include one poetry text, one prose text and one drama text. This unit is also assessed through examination.


You will also undertake the Non-Examined Assessment (NEA). This will take the form of an independent critical study of texts across time. This will require you to study two texts, at least one of which must have been written before 1900. This will comprise one extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language. It is preferable that you have at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.


The qualification is linked to linear assessment with all examinations taking place at the end of the course.

Financial information

There is no cost associated with this course.

Future opportunities

English is a valuable ‘all purpose’ subject, leading to many HE courses and future careers in a variety of areas including law, science and medicine. If you wish to study for a degree in English, this course is essential.

Further information

Examination Board: AQA Specification A

The qualification is linked to linear assessment with all examinations taking place at the end of the course.

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: 29 September 2017
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