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English Literature A Level at The Rochester Grammar School

Course description

The aim of this course is to encourage you to develop your interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically.  The English Literature course is both exciting and challenging. It encourages independent study and covers a wide range of literature from Shakespeare in the 17th Century to novels and poetry written up to the present day.

Course content

There are two papers and coursework.  Full detals of texts to be studied can be found in the Assessment Section below.


Entry requirements

Candidates need to have GCSE grade 6 or above in English Literature, a love of reading and the ability to express their views in speech and writing.


In order to gain access to The RGS Sixth Form, students must obtain 5 GCSE grades A*-B (5+) including English Language and Mathematics.



Course outline

Paper 1 (40%)
Love through the Ages - Written Examination 3 hrs
Study of three texts: an Anthology of pre-1900 poetry, "The Great Gatsby" and "Othello"
Examiantion will include two unseenp poems.

Paper 2 (40%)
Texts in Shared Contexts - Written Examination 2hrs 30mins
Study of three texts: Feminine Gospels’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
Examination will include an unseen extract.

Coursework (20%)
Independent Critical Study: 2500 words - Internally assessed
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have benn written pre-1900.


Future opportunities

English Literature can be combined with any other A level subject, but typical subjects chosen alongside English Literature are Theatre Studies, History, Classical Civilisation, Modern Languages, Business Studies, Economics, Latin, RE and Psychology.

The skills developed during an English Literature course prepare students for numerous careers, specifically, publishing, librarianship. public administration, law, media, sales, management, teaching and caring.

Further information

If you wish to study at RGS, please apply directly to the school.

Application forms and further details can be found on the school website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rochester Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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