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English Literature A-Level at The Queen's School

Course description

English Literature at A Level aims to develop an interest in an enjoyment of a wide range of English and American prose, poetry and drama, and includes the study of writers from Shakespeare to Atwood—and everyone in between.

You will explore the social, political and historical contexts underlying these texts and develop your own critical responses. Come prepared to debate and share your opinions on authors and poets on a course that is a genuine ‘journey of discovery’ through some of the most popular and most-discussed works of all time.

Course content

  • Modern and historical drama including Shakespeare
  • 19th century and modern fiction
  • Study of unseen prose and poetry
  • Pre and post-1900 poetry
Coursework remains a significant part of the A-level qualification and there will be opportunities to develop a project of your own linking texts of your choice from different time periods.

There’s also the opportunity for theatre visits and lecture days organised by school and there are lots of extracurricular opportunities such as cinema visits, theatre trips and lecture days.

Entry requirements

At least seven GCSEs at grade B or above and grade A or A* in the subjects you wish to study in Sixth Form. Offers will be made subject to achieving this, a reference from your current school and an interview with the Headmistress

You will need a minimum of a B grade at GCSE to be accepted onto the course.

Future opportunities

You can study English Literature to degree level, either on its own or by combining it. Common careers for graduates include law, journalism or publishing but the communication and analysis skills that you will develop are highly sought after in almost every profession.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen's School directly.

Last updated date: 07 July 2015

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