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English Literature at The Regis School

Course description

English Literature is a sought after A’ Level by many universities and is a requirement for a number of university courses. It is obviously necessary for students who intend to follow a tertiary level Literature course but is also essential for many Law Degree courses.

For those who enjoy reading, particularly fiction texts, this course offers students the opportunity to develop their reading skills alongside achieving an academic qualification. Literature study broadens the mind, and develops your skills of analysis and interpretation.

Literature study demands that students become independent thinkers and researchers. These are skills that are necessary for university success and so Literature students are well prepared for the next stage in their academic careers.

Course content

Component 1: Drama and poetry pre-1900

Students will study one Shakespeare text, one pre-1900 drama text and one pre-1900 poetry text. They will study Shakespeare’s use of language and dramatic effects, how context shapes meaning, the ways texts relate to each other and to literary movements, and will explore contrasts and connections between their chosen texts.

Component 2: Comparative and contextual study

Students will study two prose texts from one topic area including “The Gothic”, “Dystopia” and “American Literature 1880-1940”. Students will study links and connections between texts, understand the importance of literary traditions, learn how to analyse unseen extracts effectively and read widely and independently in the chosen topic area.

Component 3: Literature post-1900

Students will study one prose text, one poetry text and one drama text, all published later than 1900. One text will be used as the basis for a creative response, the other two will used for a comparative essay. Students will develop an appreciation of how writers shape meanings in texts through use of language, imagery, form and structure and show familiarity with at least one work of literary criticism.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE level in Literature


Component 1: A closed book written paper of 2 hours 30 minutes, divided into 2 sections and worth 60 marks or 40% of the total A Level.

Component 2: A closed book written paper of 2 hours 30 minutes with 2 tasks including response to an unseen prose extract and a comparative essay, worth 60 marks or 40% of the total A Level.

Component 3: Non-examined assessment (coursework) including one piece of re-creative writing and worth 40 marks or 20% of the total A Level.

Future opportunities

Degrees in Literature, English, Media, Law, Journalism, General BA degrees... Careers in teaching, lecturing, journalism/media, writing, editing/ publishing, business (e.g. Human Resource Management), Sociology, Psychology...Literature is a sought after component for many degree courses and career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2017