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A Level English Literature at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

Three Components over 2 years: Component 1 Exam 40% of A Level Component 2 Exam 40% of A Level Component 3 Coursework 20% of A Level

Eight texts to be studied over 2 years including at least two examples of each of the genres of prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. For additional information please contact Dr Boxall.

Course content

  • Shakespeare. Drama and poetry pre-1900.
  • Close reading in chosen topic area Comparative & contextual study in chosen topic area
  • Critical piece OR creative writing piece & commentary. Comparative essay


Further information

Essential information

  •  The course develops GCSE Literature work and will appeal to all good readers and those who enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments on texts.
  •  Students need to be able to analyse what they have read and to communicate their ideas clearly and effectively in writing.
  •  English Literature is a popular qualification for a wide range of courses in higher education or for future careers.

How can parents help?

  •  Parents can encourage students to keep up with wider reading and essay writing demands of the subject through emphasising the importance of consistent effort throughout the year.
  •  Some parents may wish to read set texts to help provide more opportunities for students to articulate their responses.
  •  Trips to the theatre or readings of poetry and prose will broaden a student’s knowledge and enthusiasm.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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