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English Literature A Level (Spec B) at Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form

Course description

English Literature is a stimulating and engaging course which develops student’s knowledge and understanding of literary texts, genres and contexts. Students will develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.

Course content

Year 12

In the first year of the course, students will study:

  • Paper 1: Literary Genres – Drama - Aspects of Tragedy This will include the study of one Shakespeare play and one further drama text.
  • Paper 2: Literary Genres - Prose and Poetry - Aspects of Tragedy Students will study one prose text and one poetry text.

Year 13

The full A level course develops the skills and areas of study from Year 12

The course includes:

  • Paper 1: Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy. This unit involves the study of one Shakespeare play, one other drama text and one further text. 
  • Paper 2: Texts and Genres – Elements of Political Writing. This unit involves the study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text (pre-1900).
  • Coursework Unit: Theory and Independence Students study one poetry and one prose text, informed by a Critical Anthology. They will produce two essays, each responding to a different text.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature

Minimum point score of 38 including Maths and English at grade 4 at GCSE. This is equivalent to 4B and 4C grades overall at GCSE. Students will also need to achieve the subject specific criteria below:

NEW GCSE POINT SCORE GCSE grade 2017 Points:

  • G 1.00
  • F 1.50
  • E 2.00
  • D 3.00
  • C 4.00
  • B 5.50
  • A 7.00
  • A* 8.50


Year 13

Paper 1: Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of qualification).

Paper 2: Written exam: 3 hours (40% of qualification)

Coursework: Coursework essays (20% of qualification).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Forest Hill School - Sydenham and Forest Hill Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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