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English Literature A Level at The Harvey Grammar School

Course description


Examining Board: AQA' Head of Department: Mr M C Dickens

This course aims to give you a thorough understanding and appreciation of English literature. It examines the wide variety of responses that a piece of writing can evoke, and develops your ability to articulate your perceptions of, and insights into, a range of texts. To study English in the Sixth Form, you should have a love of reading, a willingness to engage in discussion and debate (a key aspect of the course) and the ability to learn independently.

Beyond the classroom, there are opportunities to visit our partner institution the University of Kent at Canterbury, and to attend the English Speaking Union (in conjunction with the RSC) Shakespeare day, as well as visits from outside academics. A Level English Literature promises to offer a rigorous but rewarding course for those students who enjoy reading and writing, particularly those who may be considering university study. A grounding in English Literature is ideal preparation for a wide range of degree courses, from Arts and Humanities subjects, to Law and Modern Languages.

Course content

Year 12

In the first year of Sixth Form study students read a complete Shakespeare play and an anthology of poetry. The examination consists of two papers, comprising four equally-weighted questions: one on the Shakespeare play, one analysing a poem from the AQA anthology, one question on an ‘unseen’ (not previously studied) prose passage and one comparing the two prose texts studied.

Year 13

In the second year of Sixth Form study, students will explore a specific area of literary study (World War 1 and its aftermath). This will involve studying one prose, one poetry and one drama text, one of which will have been written post-2000. They will sit TWO examinations in the Summer, one covering the texts studied in Year 12, the other covering those studied in Year 13. They will also complete an essay of approximately 2500 words comparing two texts of their choice (one of which must be pre-1900). This is the NEA component (non-examination assessment – effectively coursework).

Entry requirements

English Literature

Entry Criteria: GCSE grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature

 plus GCSE grade 5 in Mathematics.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years