English Literature A-Level at Egglescliffe School
The English Literature course provides a mixture of coursework and external examination. In Year 12 students sit two external exam papers, each accounting for 50% of the AS grade. In Year 13 students submit an extended essay comparing two texts, which makes up 20% of their A Level grade; in addition they sit two external exam papers in the summer.
Students study two exam units: ‘Love through the Ages’ and ’Modern Times: Literature from 1945-Present Day’. Students will study a range of Drama (including Shakespeare), Prose and Poetry, including texts such as Othello, The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights, The Handmaid’s Tale, Skirrid Hill and Top Girls. For the coursework, students choose two texts of their own to study (one must be pre-1900).
5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.
A good GCSE grade in English Literature is essential, with at least a pass grade in English Language. Since the course requires independent study and wider reading, it is also vital that students have a passion for the subject, and develop their skills as active and analytical readers. Preparatory reading over the summer is strongly recommended. Because of the range of literature explored, it is also important that students are willing to engage with new ideas and critical perspectives, and are curious about how texts are constructed and connected.
Are there any expenses involved?
Some expenses will be incurred for theatre trips and educational visits such as conferences; furthermore, you may be required to buy some texts for wider reading or annotation.
As a hugely respected subject, the study of English Literature has aided students in pursuing further study and careers in areas as varied as: Teaching, Law, Media Studies, Politics, Journalism, Linguistics, Classics, Art, Music, Theatre Studies and (of course) English Literature.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Egglescliffe School directly.