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English Literature A Level at The Henrietta Barnett School

Course description

English Literature is a very popular subject at A Level. We use the Edexcel course. There have been many changes to the course in the last year and we are very excited at the increased opportunities students have to study and compare a wider variety of texts, to write reviews and also to pursue their own area of interest in Year 13 in an independent study.

Course content

In Year 12, students will study firstly ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Keats’ poetry , followed by ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’. They will also be studying a range of modern poetry.

In Year 13 they will be studying ‘Othello’ and working on an extended literary study which will allow them to write on two literary works of their own choice. This unit is one in which students are free to focus on one particular author, period or genre As well as this there will be revision of texts studied in year 12 and work on Unseen texts.

Entry requirements

For all applicants, both internal and external, the minimum requirement is: (a) At least six grades 7 or above at GCSE (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) (b) At least a grade 6 in English Language and Mathematics, if these subjects are not being taken in the Sixth Form. (c) At least grade 7 (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) at GCSE in the subjects to be studied at A Level. For Further Mathematics an 8 or 9 (A* in the unreformed GCSE). sFor subjects not previously studied at GCSE, a grade 7 or above (grade A or above in unreformed GCSEs) in an equivalent subject will be required (please see the Sixth Form Information Booklet).


We record your attendance, set regular reading, writing and oral assignments and give end of unit practice test questions. Our judgement is based on all of these and on your performance in lessons. The most vital attributes of a student of English Literature are, however, a genuine love of reading and the ability to analyse writers’ techniques in a clear and accurate style. All texts studied are judged by final examination, excluding the literary study

Future opportunities

Suggested career paths:

The complete A Level can qualify you for a wide variety of English courses at university and is also good for media and essay subjects such as History or Law Graduates with English degrees go on to a wide range of careers in fields such as the media, the arts, Law and excel in all areas requiring high level communication skills.

Further information

To find out more about this course / qualification please contact us, or you can ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henrietta Barnett School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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