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English Literature A-Level at Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich

Course description

A Level English Literature will be changing to a linear course from September 2015.  We are currently deciding which examination board specification we will use as a federation and will update the course directory when a final decision has been made.  The information below detail much of what we feel the course will contain but is obviously subject to change.

In Year 12 students will develop independent reading skills, the ability to discuss how meaning is made and the relevance of social and literary context.  In Year 13 students will broaden and deepen the knowledge and skills gained in Year 12.  Students will be encouraged to think independently and reflect on different ways of reading and writing about texts.

Course content

Over the two years, students will study at least eight texts in each of the genres of poetry, prose and drama.  Of the eight text studied, at least three will be published before 1900 and include a play by Shakespeare.  At least one of the text studied will have been published post-2000.

In the examined element of the course, students will be required to analyse an unseen text.

Entry requirements

Students require a grade B or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. 


As the new specifications have yet to be accredited by Ofqual, the nature of assessments is unknown.  However, it is known that 20% of the A Level course will be assessed through centre-assessed coursework and 80% of the course will be assessed through external examination.

Future opportunities

A Level English Literature is a widely recognised and popular A Level choice and valuable for access to many degree courses.  Many students take English degrees.  Others find the skills of analytical reading, accurate and coherent writing, and insightful use of knowledge developed through the course useful in careers such as Journalism, Law, Business, Teaching and Marketing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Boys' Academy East Dulwich directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2015

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