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English Literature A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

If you are enthusiastic about reading, enjoy discussion, like challenge and want to learn more about human beings and their relationships, then A level English may be a good choice for you.

A Level English Literature has many advantages:

  • It is a very well respected A level for university entrance or entry into the workplace
  • It complements a wide range of other A level subjects
  • Its skills are vital for success in all walks for life. The ability to read and respond to demanding material, and the ability to write fluently and cogently is equally important to doctors, lawyers, scientists, linguists and artists.
  • It is very well taught at SJL where the faculty have an excellent history of results including 100% A*-C pass rate in the 2016 exam series. 

Course content

The study of English Literature allows students to develop strong analytical skills by covering a range of texts across different genres, centuries, and from authors of various backgrounds, ages and genders.

You will study a range of texts, from traditional literature and poetry, to new and very exciting literary examples from our own time. In addition, you will learn how authors use language to create meaning and you will explore the social, cultural and historical contexts within which the texts were written. You will also learn how to write cogent and well-structured academic arguments in response to literature and develop group work and speaking skills. 

The texts you will study include:

  • Othello
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Pre 20th century poetry
  • Unseen poetry and prose
  • My Boy Jack
  • Regeneration
  • The Penguin book of First World War Poetry
  • A Doll’s House
  • The Secret Scripture
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

Entry requirements

You will require at least an APS of 4.5 or above and a Grade 6 at GCSE in both English Language and English Literature to study for an English Literature A Level. 


80% Exam 20% Coursework

2 papers 40% each 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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