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English Literature at Sprowston Community High School

Course description



Some of the most startling stories of the twentieth century are featured here. The searing and brutal account of growing up as a black girl in the southern States of 1930s America in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is connected with the warped Gothic Scottish The Wasp Factory by the struggle of the characters to make sense of the worlds they live in. Likewise, the classic 1940s A Streetcar Named Desire is connected to the shocking 1980s The Handmaid’s Tale by the themes of sexuality, but the writers’ choices of forms and different contexts lead us to very different places. The witty, playful, provocative poetry of Carol Ann Duffy explores the changing roles of men and women in the twentieth century. Texts to interest anyone who has a love of literature


The A2 course forges links between literature through the ages, from the courtly love of Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale, through the love-struck Elizabethan sonnet writers, through Shakespeare’s tragic lovers, to the all-time romantic heroes of the novel such as Darcy, Rochester, and Heathcliff.

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths.B grade or higher at both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years