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English Literature A Level at The Blue School

Course description

During the course we aim to:

  • Extend students' knowledge and understanding of literary texts from a range of periods and genres.
  • Develop a critical approach to the different techniques used by writers.
  • Encourage students to develop their own judgement through the consideration of other interpretations of the texts.
  • Explore the cultural, historical and literary contexts in which texts were written.
  • Introduce students to critical theories and methodologies appropriate to literary studies.
  • Allow students to develop their own interests and broaden their reading experience, thus engendering a life-long interest in and passion for literature and reading.

Course content

During the course students will be taught through:

  • Discussions, reading and annotating texts together, lecture and note taking, creative tasks and responses, group and individual presentations and interactive IT lessons.
  • We will also formally teach a variety of study skills including: how to annotate a literary text, how to read critically, how to develop independent reading and research skills, note-taking and organisational skills and formal essay writing skills.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’S at A*-C including grades for English and mathematics as below:

  •          English Language – New grade 4 or above
  •          Mathematics – New grade 4 or above


Paper 1—Love through the Ages

 · Study of three texts: one poetry, one prose and one Shakespeare.

· 3 hours—40% of A level

Paper 2—Texts in shared contexts

· Study of three texts: one poetry, one prose and one drama.

· 2 hours 30 minutes—40% of A level—open book and one unseen extract

 Non-Exam Assessment (coursework)

Comparative critical study of two texts—20% of A level

Future opportunities

English Literature teaches analytical skills useful in a wide range of career paths, for example: Professional Writing, Journalism, Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Law, Teaching, Lecturing, PR, Academic Research or further study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 January 2017

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