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English Literature at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

The aim of the course is for students to read widely across a range of literature from different genres (drama, poetry and prose) in order for thoughtful connections to be made between texts. There is an emphasis on comparing the thoughts, feelings and attitudes of different writers and the influences of shared contexts upon their works, as well as analysing form, structure and language use, with the opportunity to experiment with writing in the style of different authors

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1: Study of one novel, and one collection of poetry, for the written examination.

Unit 2: Two pieces of coursework (one piece of creative/transformational writing inspired by a post-1990 novel, such as Sebastian Faulks‟ Birdsong and one comparative essay on two texts, linked by themes such as World War I or by the genre of 20th Century American Literature, (to be determined by class teacher). (Total: 3000 words).


Year 13

Unit 3: Study of one play and one extended poem, written pre-1800, for written examination and study of one Shakespeare play, also for written examination.

Unit 4: Comparative essay on three texts (3000 words), one of which must be a collection of poetry, linked by a common theme or an aspect of context.

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B at GCSE/iGCSE in English Literature and English Language. Students must be prepared to study independently, read widely and write a series of essays.


Yr12 60% examination (two hours) „Closed Book‟ 40% coursework Yr13 60% examination (two hours) „Closed Book‟ 40% coursework The AS examination takes place in June; The A2 examination takes place in January.

Future opportunities

Many students continue to study English at degree level. Alternatively, many students continue to study different subjects such as Drama, Sociology, History or a modern foreign language among others, all of which are complemented by the study of English Literature. Employers also welcome the critical thinking skills, independence and ability to communicate successfully that English Literature helps to develop.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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