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English Literature A Level at Amersham School

Course description

English is an intense and enjoyable subject that allows you to immerse yourself in the wonderful world of some of the finest literature in the English language.

Throughout the course of study, students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of play texts, poems and novels. Every lesson students will engage in high-level discussion, they will also demonstrate their excellent analytical skill and understanding through their written essays.

Students will have the opportunity to develop their critical appreciation and explore the wider world of literature, as well as the world we live in today.

This course will engage, enlighten and educate English Literature students, as well as providing a sense of independence and the skills required for higher education and the world of work.

Course content

Unit 1 – Literary Genres
Students will study three texts focusing on the genre of tragedy: A play by Shakespeare, a drama text and a further pre-20th Century text.

Unit 2 – Texts and Genres
Students will study three texts looking at crime writing: A post- 2000 prose text, poetry and a pre-20th Century text. Students will also look at ‘unseen’ passages from other texts.

Unit 3 – Theory and Independence
Students will explore two texts for this unit and will use the critical anthology to create two essays.

Texts for the above units will be from the following:
- Othello – Shakespeare
- Hamlet – Shakespeare
- Death of a Salesman – Miller
- A Streetcar Named Desire – Williams
- The Great Gatsby – Fitzgerald
- The Remains of the Day – Ishiguro
- When Will There Be Good News? – Atkinson
- Oliver Twist – Dickens
- Brighton Rock – Greene
- Atonement - McEwan
- Poetry by Keats, Hardy, Wilde and Browning

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C or point equivalent


Unit 1 - Literary Genres
Written Exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes 40%

Unit 2 – Texts and Genres
Written exam – 3 hours 40%

Unit 3 – Theory and Independence
Written coursework 20%

Future opportunities

English Literature A Level naturally lends itself to a degree, or equivalent, in English. However, English is well regarded and will be an excellent key to allow you into many other post-19 courses and apprenticeships.

English is also highly regarded on the job market, given that it promotes the skills of analysis, understanding and research, as well as excellent communication skills. Therefore, English is a strong choice for any particular field.

That said, it will specifically lead to careers involved with literature and the written word, for example, teaching, journalism, writing and editing.

Additionally, it can lead to a career in the theatrical and film world. English is also an excellent way to other creative and intellectual fields such as advertising, marketing, politics and research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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