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English Literature A Level at Arnold Hill Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

We are exploring the Aspects of Tragedy and the Political and Protest writing option. In year 12, we study ‘Othello’, Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ and the poetry of John Keats for the Aspects of Tragedy. In year 13, we study Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and Khaled Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’ together with the poet of William Blake for the Political and Protest writing. In addition, in year 13, students need to study two texts for their coursework essays, one prose and one poetry. This gives us the opportunity to study demanding texts in depth and to enjoy the challenge of exploring powerful literature.

What support and enrichment will I get?

We make every effort to organise trips to productions of interest, both for set texts and for their own sake. We encourage students to take part in writing and reading groups for younger pupils.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, a grade 5 in English Literature and English Language at GCSE is essential, but a grade 6 or above is preferred. You must also really love reading.

Future opportunities

Apart from the sheer pleasure of studying great texts, English Literature is a prestigious subject that opens many doors, and is, of course, a respected course of study at Universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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