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A level English Literature at Christ's School and Sixth Form

Course description


If you are an avid reader and enjoy talking about and analysing texts, then A level English Literature is for you. You will need to be prepared to read independently and to discuss your responses to what you have read during lessons.


You will explore reading processes and examine the ways in which texts relate to the cultures in which they were written as well as considering the ways in which literary critics have approached the study of literature.


Course content

You will study a variety of literary texts over the two years. These will include:

- A novel written post 1990

- A range of classic and contemporary novels

- A range of poetry

- Gothic literature

- Dramatic tragedies

- Critical anthologies

You will also have the opportunity to complete a piece of "re-creative" writing.

Entry requirements

At least a B grade at GCSE



AS 2 Written exams each lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes

A2 (linear)      Paper 1: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (worth 40%)

                        Paper 2: Written Exam: 3 hours (worth 40%)

Non- Exam assessment: Two essays of 1250-1500 words (worth 20%)


Future opportunities


A level English Literature is a key facilitating subject for the Russell Group universities. It is an excellent qualification to support degrees in history, languages, social science or mathematics (as well as English Literature or creative writing!).

Careers such as law, journalism, public relations, marketing, teaching, media and many others seek students with the combination of analytical and creative skills that are developed on an A level English Literature course.


Further information

Students will have opportunities to work alongside A level students in other sixth forms in the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston. We will attend theatre performances and take part in literary workshops.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 20