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English Literature A Level at The Misbourne School

Course description

This course will enable you to develop interest in and enjoyment of English literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender.

You will develop the ability to communicate clearly using appropriate terminology and accurate and coherent written expression. Such skills are valued highly by higher education institutions and employers.

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.” ~ W. Somerset Maugham

You need to enjoy reading and to be willing to discuss and reflect on what you have read. You need to have the self-discipline to use wider reading around the subject. Furthermore, you must be able to express your ideas fluently in writing.

Course content

The course covers a range of Literature across many time periods.

Students complete coursework and examination work.

Students will study different forms of writing from each genre, including drama, poetry and prose.

How will the course be delivered?

Each group is taught by two teachers. There are 5 lessons per week and students will be expected to undertake a large amount of wider reading throughout the two years.

Entry requirements

English Literature (6). Students may also be considered with English Literature (5).

Five A* - C GCSE grades or equivalent, including GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics at grade 4 as long as the subject entry requirements above do not state the need for a higher grade..

In exceptional circumstances, students with GCSE English Language or GCSE Mathematics grade 3 may be considered.

Students below grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics will undertake the statutory retake programme, attending lessons throughout Sixth Form until they achieve at least a grade 4


  • Paper 1: Love through the Ages (40%) 3 hours
  • Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times (40%) 2 hours 30 mins
  • Coursework: Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre- 1900 (2500 words)

Financial information

Students in The Misbourne Sixth Form who experience financial constraints or barriers can apply to access additional funding to support their academic journey through their Key Stage 5 studies.

Students who meet the eligibility criteria can access this additional funding to assist with the cost of transport, essential course equipment, meals in school, educational visits, uniform or other school resources, the cost of attending university or career interviews, financial support towards childcare costs or exam re-sit fees.

A Bursary Fund Committee meets three times a year to consider applications and award bursaries.

Future opportunities

English literature can be studied as a single subject in higher education. Alternatively it can be a foundation for study in any arts based subject.

With English A level you could go straight into employment. There are opportunities for training in careers such as journalism, the media or the law.

Further information

What will it combine with?

English literature combines well with a variety of other subjects including, history, French, German, Spanish, philosophy and ethics, psychology and sociology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Misbourne School directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017
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