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English Literature A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

Wider Reading is an even more vital element in Y13 with the overarching theme of Romantic Love. This allows for students to explore their own reading path to a large extent and, in terms of independence, organisation and challenge is a real taste of undergraduate study.

Set texts should be read before the course begins, especially the three which we’ll explore for coursework: The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Course content

One striking feature of the course is the extended essay – 3000 words on three texts. At first, this seems very daunting but it does allow you some autonomy in your work and fully prepares you for a university style approach. And, of course, we will fully support you.

The other key element is wider reading around the topic of love to prepare for the ‘unseen’ texts you’ll meet in the exam. Have a look at the above image or at the presentations on Sharepoint to get an idea of the incredible range of texts students devour. There’s a lovely sense of freedom to this element of the course, all we ask is that you keep meticulous notes…and share them with us!


All units for English Literature are assessed in June:

Unit 3: Reading for meaning (60% of A2). This is a 2 hour 30 minute written exam (closed book) of two questions where you engage with 4 unprepared extracts. As with AS this is an invitation to make links with your wider reading on the unit theme of Love Through the Ages.

Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (40% of A2) is an extended comparative essay of 3000 words on the theme of ‘the transformative power of love’ in The Great Gatsby, Wuthering Heights and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Drafting begins over Christmas and final deadline will be set between February half-term and Easter.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September