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English Literature AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The A‐Level in English Literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literary and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non‐ exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident, autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non‐exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.  

Course content

The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:

  • the study of texts within specific genres
  • the study of texts through engagement with a range of theoretical ideas
  • writing about texts in a number of different ways.

Entry requirements

B grade in English Language at GCSE

B grade in English Literature at GCSE


  • Aspects of Tragedy: Othello, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman
    75 marks
    2 hours 30 minutes
    Written paper - closed book
    40% of A Level
  • Elements of political and social protest writing: Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harvest/The Kite Runner
    75 marks
    3 hours
    Written paper - open book
    40% of A Level
  • Independent study of two texts: one prose and one poetry, informed by the study of a Critical Anthology
    50 marks
    Non-examined assessment
    20% of A Level

Future opportunities

  • Journalism and media careers
  • Teaching careers
  • Marketing, advertising and PR careers
  • Publishing careers
  • Civil service careers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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