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English Literature A Level at Ormiston Rivers Academy

Course description

You will study ‘Love through the Ages’ including Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’. In addition, you will explore and a selection of poetry, comparing and contrasting their themes and ideas to Gatsby. Additionally, you will study texts from ‘Modern Times: 1945 to the present’ including poetry, prose and drama (A Streetcar Named Desire and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), as well as two texts of your choice for Non-Exam Assessment (NEA).

As part of the course, it is expected that students read widely, in order to broaden their knowledge and understanding of literature over time. The best candidates will love their reading and regularly undertake readings of extensive texts.
In A Level English Literature, there is also a greater interest in the context of the literature, where students must explore and discuss the eras and cultures of the texts they study, so that they can fully appreciate, engage with and evaluate the work of different authors.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 English Literature and English Language.


This is a 2 year A level course:
- 80% exam (1 x 3 hour and 1 x 2 ½ hour exams);
- 20% NEA (one 2500 word essay on a pair of texts).

Future opportunities

Journalist, Script Writer, Solicitor, Teacher, Writer, Editor.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2017

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