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English Literature A level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is for students who thoroughly enjoy reading and want to broaden their knowledge of English Literature (prose, poetry and drama) from a range of different historical periods. There is a high level of demand in terms of both the level and the amount of reading involved: students will be expected to read on their own outside lesson time.

Students thinking of taking English Literature should be open-minded and keen to explore a range of writing and authors, as well as a range of literary approaches and concepts, and should be ready to be challenged by what they read. The focus of the course is on learning to recognise, interrogate and analyse the many and varied ways in which authors create meaning.

Students are encouraged to develop a holistic understanding of texts in all their complexity. A willingness to take part in lively discussion and debate is also an asset on the course.

Course content

There are two examined units:

  • Component 1: Shakespeare / Drama and poetry pre-1900 (A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and poetry by Christina Rossetti)
  • Component 2: Close reading in chosen topic area (American Literature 1880-1940) / Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton)


There is also one coursework unit:

  • Component 3: Literature post-1900 (Students choose 3 texts from a choice of 50, provided by us.)


Lessons involve a great deal of discussion and collaborative activity, though reading alone outside lesson time forms a key part of the course. Discussion and debate are key to the way that English Literature is taught; the ideas of all students are important and student input very much shapes the ways in which the texts are read and presented.


Students will also be expected to learn a vocabulary of literary terminology that they can employ when writing about and analysing texts.


80% Coursework, 20% Examination

How to apply

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Last updated date: 30 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years