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English Literature A Level Edexcel at Sir Roger Manwood's School

Course description

Why study this subject? 

English literature is a highly regarded subject by both universities and employers.  Not only does it strengthen your analytical skills, but it encourages you to be a creative thinker, skills that are invaluable in the workplace.  It also helps you to develop a life-long love of literature, by introducing you to a range of different genres, authors and periods to study.

Course content

A Level Course content:

Component 1-Drama – One Shakespeare play – eg Hamlet/Measure for Measure/Othello and one other play Doctor Faustus/ A Streetcar named Desire/ The Duchess of Malfi


Component 2 – Prose – two prose texts, one of which must be pre-1900 – eg Never Let Me Go and The Handmaid’s tale/Heart of Darkness and The Lonely Londoners


Component 3 – Poetry – A selection of post 2000 poetry and a range of poetry from a literary period or a named poet eg the Romantics/Keats/Modernism/T.S.Eliot

Component 4 – Coursework – a free choice of two texts to study.  One extended comparative essay referring to two texts – 2500-3000 words

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 at GCSE in English Language or English Literature.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English Language or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, or Editor. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking.

Further information

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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: 23 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years