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English Literature A-Level at The Clarendon Academy

Course description

Component 1 – Shakespeare, Drama & Poetry pre-1900 – 40%

Students are required to analyse the text in close detail, exploring Shakespeare’s use of language and dramatic effects. Students are required to consider issues raised in a specific extract in relation to their understanding of the play as a whole. Students are required to explore ways in which the chosen play has been interpreted by different audiences, over time.

Component 2 – Close reading in chosen topic area, Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area – 40%

Students choose one topic:

  • American Literature 1880-1940
  • The Gothic
  • Dystopia
  • Women in Literature
  • The Immigrant Experience

Component 3 – Critical piece OR re-creative writing piece with commentary, Comparative essay

Students are required to study three literary texts (one text for Task 1 and two texts for Task 2)

The three texts must include one prose text, one poetry text and one drama text

The texts must have been first published or performed in 1900 or later

At least one of these texts must have been first published or performed in 2000 or later

Career Pathways

Studying English Literature at A-Level is an excellent foundation for accessing a wide range of degree courses and jobs. It is one of the top 5 subjects most respected by the Russell Group universities. The course develops skills which are useful in all careers: the understanding of how to read critically and discerningly, and the ability to write and speak accurately, persuasively and with confidence in one’s own judgements. English Literature can be combined successfully with other subjects and enhances students’ personal communication skills; highly sought after by both employers and universities. Specific careers that English Literature students have undertaken include; journalism, advertising, business and working in the media.

Every year students go on to study for a degree in English or English focused degrees. English A-level can allow you access to a range of Degree courses.

Entry requirements

In the first year of the Sixth Form, students are expected to follow at least 3 subjects. Most will choose 4.

A minimum of 5 grade Cs are required to undertake A Levels and a grade B is recommended in your chosen subjects;  A ‘B’ grade is essential in English Literature GCSE to take this subject at A Level. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Clarendon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 April 2015

Key information

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

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