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English Literature AS/A level at Boston High School

Course description

Through the study of a range of literary texts, English Literature at A Level develops your critical reading and writing, your debating skills and your ways of thinking about the world around you. As well as analysing the poetry, prose and drama texts, students are introduced to literary theories and look at the many different ways in which a text can be approached. You will also delve deeper into the range of contexts that can impact upon a text, exploring how societal and cultural concerns can  shape how writers present their ideas.

Texts studied at A Level include 1984 by George Orwell and other dystopian novels, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Pre‐1900 poetry. Modern drama is also studied in Year 12 and all students have the opportunity to visit the theatre to enhance their understanding of texts in performance. In Year 13, students are given  a degree of freedom to explore their own literary interests  by choosing their own texts to study  and this serves as excellent preparation for higher education.  

Entry requirements

You need  ...

- English LiteratureGCSE (or equivalent) at 5 and above


Year 13  

Two written examinations, each worth 40% of the A Level & 20% coursework

Coursework: two critical essays, worth 20% of the A Level

Future opportunities

- Warwick University ‐ English Literature and Creative Writing

- The University of Sheffield ‐ English Literature

- Cambridge University‐English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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