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English Literature A-level at The Netherhall School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

On this course you will study a wide range of poetry, prose and drama. Within each genre, you will explore some modern texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, alongside some much older texts. Examples of set texts include: poems by Geoffrey Chaucer, John Keats, Sylvia Plath and Gillian Clarke; plays such as King Lear, A Streetcar Named Desire and Top Girls and novels from writers such as Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood and Mary Shelley.

Most lessons will involve group discussion within a small, supportive environment, allowing you to try out new ideas and learn from your peers.

You will be expected to read widely around the set texts and to carry out some research into the texts’ literary and historical context.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths at grade 4 or above.

English Literature– requires GCSE grade 6 or above in English Language and Literature.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.



80% examination; 20% coursework

The coursework element of this qualification entails writing a 2500-3500 word assignment on a pair of prose texts.

You will also sit three examinations, one on each of the other three components of this course.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. You could also go straight into a job as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

Contact Mr S Dooley for further information:

Delivery: Full-time

Open Evening:  17 October 2017

Application Deadline:   10 January 2018

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: 26 September 2017
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