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English Literature A Level at Heworth Grange Comprehensive School

Course description

We welcome students who wish to develop into independent, creative and analytical thinkers. English Literature is a ‘gold standard’ A level respected by all universities and a thoroughly enjoyable course as past students will testify: “The most interesting and engaging course I followed at A level.” and “English Literature has broadened my horizons.” Literature is an academic discipline which stretches,challenges and achieves success whilst making learning relevant to each individual student. We are sure you will relish all aspects of the course.

Course content

Core Set Texts

Students study Othello and 2 chosen comparative texts: one poetry and one prose text, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Tess of the D’Urbervilles / Post 1900 Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages.

Section C of this paper is open book. Students may take an unannotated copy of the text into the examination.

Texts in Shared Contexts

The aim of this topic area is to encourage students to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time.

Option 2B: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day

Option 2B takes the end of WW2 as its starting point and explores both modern and contemporary Literature’s engagement with some of the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century

Students should prepare for Shared Contexts by reading widely within this option to encounter a range of ideas and opinions relevant to the shared context.


Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE English Literature would be minimum entry requirement but the Head of Department will reserve the right to view individual students on their merits.


Set Texts:

3 texts 1 prose, 1 poetry, 1 drama at least 1 post 2000. Students will also respond to an unseen text in the examination. Open book exam.

Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

Students write a 2,500 comparative critical study of 2 texts on a theme of their choice.

Therefore through this course students have the opportunity to experience a wide, rich diversity of Literature in a department which champions and achieves success.

Future opportunities

We also offer a fulsome range of enrichment activities including visits to Stratford, the Globe Theatre, Newcastle’s Theatre Royal and Northern Stage. Visiting lecturers come into school to deliver university level workshops and we, in turn, attend seminars and lectures at Newcastle and Sunderland Universities. We also attend wider reading events hosted by the Tyneside Cinema and, as we are RSC members, stream live performances into our own school theatre. A sample of our recent viewings include: Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Richard 11, Henry 1V parts 1 and 2, All’s Well that Ends Well.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heworth Grange Comprehensive School directly.

Last updated date: 22 July 2016

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