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English Literature A level at Chace Community School

Course description

Are you curious about the great writers of the past and present and the contexts in which they write?  Do you love reading and want to become a better writer? 

The English Literature course explores ‘love through the ages’ and texts in shared contexts. The course demands that students read widely and think about how different forms and genres present ideas around love and in ‘texts across time’; students must show an engagement with the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped to shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century.

We study a range of texts including drama, prose and poetry. Our text choices are as follows;  

•       Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 

•       Othello - William Shakespeare

•       A post 1900 poetry anthology

•       Skirrid Hill - Owen Sheers 

•       The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

•       A Streetcar Named Desire - Tennessee Williams

•       Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 

The course is based on independent reading, and a substantial amount of homework will be taken up with reading poetry, plays and prose fiction.  Lessons are discussion based, with students contributing their views in small groups and to the whole class.

Students will complete coursework under the supervision of their teachers, drafting and redrafting their work.  One of the key points about A Level is that students are guided towards an independent understanding of their reading texts, rather than being ‘taught’ the texts as in GCSE. 

Entry requirements

This course is for pupils who have attained Bs or above in GCSE English Literature and English Language.  You MUST be someone who loves to read. 


The course is assessed via two exams and an independent critical study (coursework):

•               40% Paper 1: Love through the ages

•               40% Paper 2: Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day

•               20% Independent Critical Study  

Future opportunities

English Literature is one of the most highly respected A Levels because of the rigorous training it provides in reading, thinking and writing.

A university degree in English Literature can lead to a huge range of career options in the arts, the legal profession, the media, education, management and beyond. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chace Community School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September