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English Literature GCE A Level at Oriel High School

Course description

If you want to continue to learn, discuss and explore some of the most fundamental
issues which have occupied our greatest writers, you should study English Literature.
Through engaging with what it means to be human in texts from contemporary literature to immersing yourself in the questions of good and evil in influential works, this course encourages you to develop your own interpretations of texts and to think independently.
English Literature is also highly valued in Universities and the world of work as it
demonstrates that you are able to think perceptively, write fluently and discuss matters

Course content

8 hours a fortnight of taught content and class discussions split between two experienced Literature teachers.
Independent study commitment (approximately 4 hours per week or as advised by teacher).
AS Level (year 12):
»» Poetry: studying Poems of the Decade: An anthology 2002-2011.
»» Drama: analysing a play.
»» Prose: comparing two novels, one from pre 1900.
A Level (year 13):
»» Coursework: an essay comparing two texts of your choice.
»» Poetry: Poems of the Decade and a study of a specified poet or poetic movement.
»» Prose: comparing two novels studied in AS, one from pre 1900.
»» Drama: analysing a Shakespeare play and the play studied in AS.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have achieved a B or higher in their GCSE English Literature exam.


Regular assessments and essays set as independent work and in class.
»» AS level examination only.
»» A level examination and coursework

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years