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English Literature A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

English Literature involves wide reading: literary works from a variety of genres and time periods, so that you’ll begin to appreciate key texts and genres. The course also combines close analysis with wider concepts, including the development of genres, and
you’ll begin to explore various critical approaches.

Course content

You only study literary texts and how to adopt critical approaches. It allows the opportunity to read widely and write creatively and study particular periods in more depth. You also have the opportunity to work independently on Non-Exam Assessment.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5A*- C plus grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. To succeed you also need to enjoy reading, enjoy thinking about language and be able to think analytically.


Linear A-Level: Two exams at the end of Year 13. Paper one is 2 hours and 30 minutes long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. Paper two is 3 hours long and contributes towards 40% of the A-Level. The remaining 20% is based on a Non- Exam Assessment (NEA).
At A-Level, Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) comprises two essays of 1250-1500 words each, or one essay and a re-creative place with a commentary. The Critical Approaches taught include Marxism, Feminism, Eco-critical theory, Narrative theory, Post-colonialism and The Canon with a different approach applied to each task.

Future opportunities

As a highly respected academic subject, it is valued in Higher Education as a basis, not only for studying Literature at university, but also Law or Joint Honours degrees. It is prized by employers, and can lead to a future in Law, Teaching, Publishing, or business related careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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