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English Literature at Ringwood School Academy

Course description

The course encourages students to develop their interest in, and enjoyment of, English Literature by reading widely, critically and independently across the centuries and genres. It introduces students to an extensive range of texts, critical perspectives and appropriate textual responses.

Course content


Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry pre-1900

  • Section 1: Discursive essay on Shakespeare set text (30 marks)
  • Section 2: Close analysis of poet’s use of language, structure and form in poetry set text (30 marks)

Component 2: Drama and Prose post-1900

  • Section 1: Drama, choice of two discursive essay titles on drama set text
  • Section 2: Prose, discursive essay exploring theme in prose set texts, making connections and comparisons to an unseen prose extract

A Level

Component 1: Drama and poetry pre-1900

  • Section 1: Shakespeare, extract question on Shakespeare set text 15 marks)
  • discursive essay on Shakespeare set text (15 marks)
  • Section 2: Drama and poetry pre-1900, comparative response using drama and poetry set texts (30 marks)

Component 2: Comparative and Contextual Study

  • Question 1: Unseen critical appreciation of prose extract from chosen topic group (30 marks)
  • Question 2: (a), (b) or (c): Thematic discussion based upon a comparison of two set prose texts within chosen topic (30 marks)

Component 3: Literature post-1900 - Non-exam assessment

  • Task 1: Close reading - a close, critical analysis of a selection of their chosen text or
  • a poem selected from an anthology or collection (100 words)


  • Task 1: Re-creative writing - an item of re-creative writing based on a selected
  • passage or poem from their chosen text, with a commentary explaining the links between the learner’s own writing and the original passage selected.
  • Task 2: Comparative essay - learners are required to submit an essay which explores contrasts and comparisons between two texts,  informed by different interpretations and an understanding of contexts

Entry requirements

  • 3 Bs and 3 Cs (or equivalent) at GCSE.
  • In addition a B grade in GCSE English or English Literature is required.



  • Component 1: Shakespeare & Poetry pre-1900: Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (closed book), 50% of AS
  • Component 2: Drama & Prose post-1900: Written exam: 1 hours 45 minutes (closed book), 50% of AS


  • Component 1: Drama & Poetry pre-1900: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (closed book), 40% of A-Level
  • Component 2: Comparative & Contextual Study: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (closed book), 40% of A-Level
  • Component 3: Literature post-1900: Coursework: 3000 words, 20% of A-Level

Financial information

Students will be asked to make a contribution of around £35 for each of the AS course, for A Level there will be a top up to be confirmed.

This includes: their examination texts; bespoke examination anthologies for the wider reading units; examination papers; a folder and relevant stationery.

We hope to make theatre visits available to students throughout the course. The cost of these is usually in the region of £10-£30 for a one day visit.

Future opportunities

The subject will provide you with a highly regarded A Level which is readily accepted as entry to a wide range of degree courses, as well as offering a good grounding for careers in areas such as journalism, publishing, law and the civil service.

Further information

The course aims to develop students as informed, independent readers who come to an understanding of meaning through close study of a range of texts.

The course also develops students’ knowledge of the context of texts and of a range of possible interpretations. It provides students with opportunities for creative coursework and open text examination responses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ringwood School Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years