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English Literature A Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

The OCR English Literature course at SWCHS is academically challenging, highly
rewarding and extremely popular. Students follow a lively and varied programme
of study, with opportunities to read and discuss a wide range of texts, issues
and authors

Course content

During the course of your A-Level, you will study a range of genres across different periods. The first examined unit, entitled ‘Drama and Poetry Pre-1900’ involves the study of a Shakespeare play and the comparative study of drama and poetry produced pre-1900. Not only will students broaden their horizons in terms of the texts that they have read before, but they will learn the vital importance of the contexts surrounding these texts.

The second unit, ‘Comparative and Contextual Study’ invites students to become experts in a particular period or genre of literature (such as American Fiction or The Gothic). In this unit, they will prepare to answer questions on key ‘set texts’ as well as an ‘unseen’ passage in their specialist topic area. They will also explore new ways of interpreting literature, such as Marxist
and Feminist readings of texts.

The coursework unit of A-Level study is a fabulous opportunity for students to improve their close analysis skills, as well as their appreciation of 21st Century literature.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 in English Literature and English Language


The A-Level is assessed through 80% examination and 20% coursework

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saffron Walden County High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years