English Literature A Level at Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School
The qualification is linear meaning that you will sit all of the A Level exams at the end of your course in the summer of Year 13.
NB: The texts listed below are included as examples, your teacher will tell you which texts you will study at the beginning of your course.
Paper 1: Drama (2 hour 15 minute examination: 30 per cent of A Level)
Study of three texts: one Shakespeare (e.g. Hamlet/Othello), one modern text (e.g. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams) and a Critical Anthology of essays critiquing your chosen Shakespeare play.
Paper 2: Prose (1 hour examination: 20 per cent of A Level)
Study of two prose texts from a chosen theme, one of which must be written pre-1900. Themes include Women in Literature (e.g. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khalid Hosseini and Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy) and The Supernatural (e.g. Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde)
Paper 3: Poetry (2 hour and 15 minute examination: 30 per cent of A Level)
Section A – Post-2000 Specified Poetry: one comparative essay question on an unseen modern poem written post 2000 and one named poem from the studied contemporary text
Section B – Specified Poetry Pre- or Post-1900: one essay question
Unit 4: Coursework (one 2500-3000 word essay comparing two texts)
The minimum entry requirement for this course is a grade B in both English literature and English language GCSEs.
Sixth form students are expected to pay for their own texts, as all copies need to be heavily annotated, although no texts may be taken into the examination room. We estimate the cost to be £30 for AS and a further £30 for the A2 modules. Books to be studied will be purchased from the Finance Office.
English is a very popular course at university and is an acceptable subject for all courses, not just those leading to an arts or humanities degree. Possible careers range from the obvious choices of journalism, media, creative and dramatic writing, publishing and librarianship to law, the Civil Service, politics, teaching and advertising. The rigorous academic skills acquired through a degree in English are highly regarded by corporate graduate employers.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School directly.