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English Literature A Level at Torquay Boys Grammar School

Course description

An A Level in English is highly regarded by universities and employers alike; its traditional, academic nature gives students invaluable experience and skills in analysis, research, critical thinking and argument as well as improved written and oral techniques. It combines easily with every subject, both Arts and Sciences.

Course content

The new A-Level specification has only a few texts to read, with a focus on the depth of knowledge of these chosen texts.

At A Level
3 exams in year 13 based on:
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula;
2. The Pitmen Painters and King Lear;
3. A collection of modern poetry, and Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s tale;

+ 1 coursework essay on two texts of your choice.

You will research the background of writers, allowing you to set texts in their historical context, as well as appreciate their modern-day appeal. There may be opportunities to see performances at Stratford and local theatres, as well as take part in workshops. We also offer additional ‘extension’ lessons which allow students to explore aspects of English beyond the A-level syllabus.

Entry requirements

You will need at least one grade 7 and a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Lessons: are currently in groups of 10-20 allowing for an interactive and lively approach to the appreciation of literature. This friendly environment allows for a variety of viewpoints to be shared and valued in discussions. Improvisation and dramatised readings, DVDs, and analysis of various texts and extracts also feature in the course. Classes are taught jointly by two teachers.

May/June year 13: exams
November year 13: coursework

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Torquay Boys Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2017

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