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English Literature A-level at Stratford Girls' Grammar School

Course description

English Literature A-level

Course content

For English Literature GCE Advanced Level you will study eight texts from across the genres of prose, poetry and drama, three of which will be pre-1900 (including one Shakespeare play). In addition, you are also encouraged to undertake a comprehensive programme of wider reading.

Entry requirements

A* or A in English and English Literature at GCSE Level is preferred.


A-Level students will be entered for three exam components in June worth a total of 80% of A-level course. Coursework will be completed in the autumn term and assessed internally early in the Spring term and is worth 20% of the A-level course.

Unit 1: Drama. Written examination, 2 hours, 30%

Unit 2: Prose. Written examination, 1 hour, 20%

Unit 3: Poetry. Written examiniation, 2 hours, 30%

Unit 4: Coursework. Comparative essay, 20%

















Financial information

You will find it helpful to buy your own copies of the set texts so that you can annotate them. This means seven texts across Year 12 and Year 13, probably amounting to £35 over the two years. We will provide you with clean copies for the A-level exams. You may also want to buy some of your coursework texts, particularly the poetry, drama or novel in Year 13. We recommend competitively priced editions and are sometimes able to secure discounts by bulk orders in school.   

Future opportunities

A feel for language, an ability to master a body of knowledge and the skill to present a well-argued case are all highly valued attributes. This qualification can therefore lead to a multitude of academic courses and respected professions. Closely related degrees would include languages, History and Drama, as well as higher study of Literature; but our students go onto courses as diverse as Fine Art, Philosophy, Politics and Law.

It can also go well with a more scientific batch of A-Levels, so that recent students of English Literature have gone onto Maths, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science. Students testify how they continue to use their skills in engaging with different people, expressing themselves on paper and in person and sifting out the essential from a mass of information in all sorts of fields. 

Further information

English Literature students often take part in study days and attend events such as the annual Stratford Schools Shakespeare Lecture. Set text plays are often seen in performance, where theatre schedules allow. The coursework tasks give you considerable opportunity to choose beyond the set text lists; as well as supporting you on core texts, we will give you the chance to choose texts that interest you. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford Girls' Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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