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English Literature A level at Haslingden High School, Specialist Arts, Maths and Computing College

Course description

The course involves the study of prose, drama and poetry texts, including Shakespeare. You will develop and extend your literary knowledge and also improve your skills of textual analysis. You will be studying a range of texts, and choices will vary each year. For example, you will study a play by Shakespeare, for example ‘Hamlet’ and also a modern drama such as ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’. You will also explore a prose genre, for example dystopia or the gothic. To be successful in this subject you need to enjoy the challenge of reading more difficult texts and be prepared to study independently.

Course content

- Unit 1: Exam: Shakespeare, drama and poetry pre-1900
- Unit 2: Exam: Modern drama and contextual study of prose texts
- Unit 3: Coursework

Entry requirements

At least grade 5 at GCSE English Language and English Literature.


This course is assessed through examinations (80%) and coursework assignments (20%)

Future opportunities

An A-level in English Literature will particularly suit those looking to study or work in the following areas: teaching, law, media, film & TV, theatre, journalism and the public sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haslingden High School, Specialist Arts, Maths and Computing College directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2017
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