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A Level English Literature at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS

Course description

Brief Outline

This course will give you an introduction to the work of a wide range of writers from different time periods, as well as to the critical theory behind the higher level study of Literature


Course content

The course in English Literature consists of three modules:

Unit 1 – Love Through the Ages

The aim of this topic area is to encourage students to explore aspects of a central literary theme as seen over time, using unseen material and set texts.  Students will study how Shakespeare presents love in a variety of different dramatic genres as well as a variety of poetry and prose texts, exploring ideas such as romantic love, love and loss, social conventions and taboos, jealousy and guilt, truth and deception and marriage.

Unit 2 – World War 1 and its Aftermath

Students will explore literature arising out of World War 1 as well as the period that followed to allow reflection on the full impact of the war that reverberates up to the present day.  It considers the impact on combatants, non-combatants and subsequent generations as well as its social, political, personal and literary legacies.

Unit 3: - Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

In Texts across Time students are required to write a comparative critical study of two texts. This unit provides a challenging and wide ranging opportunity for independent study.  One of the texts, although chosen with guidance from the teacher, must be studied independently by each student. 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature and in GCSE English Language are recommended.


Assessment takes place at the end of the two year course.  You will sit two exams in the summer exam season.  Papers 1 and 2 are each worth 40% of the overall grade.  Unit 3 requires the completion of a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.  The assignment takes the form of an extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography and is worth 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Higher Education Opportunities

The study of English Literature is an academic discipline recognised as a useful preparation for further study by all universities.  It is very effective in developing analytical skills and is suitable preparation for many university courses.

Job prospects

Law, Medicine, Teaching, Journalism, Politics, the Police and Armed Forces, Social Work. Librarian, Media.

Further information

Further Information

You can download the specification (English Literature Specification A) for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from  You are strongly recommended to look through these so that you are fully informed about the course and what you will learn to see if it is right for you.

Complementary subjects at A Level

History, Art and Business.

Miss C Hodgson

Head of English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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