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English Literature A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

At Stratford upon Avon School, we recognise the potential for literature to enrich the lives of everyone. If you choose to study A level English Literature with us, we can offer you a rewarding experience which includes: a wealth of support from expert teaching staff with a range of specialisms; varied, stimulating resources; opportunities to pursue your own areas of expertise and interest; a supportive classroom environment in which the development of sophisticated, individual interpretations is encouraged and rewarded; and a varied programme of enrichment opportunities.

Course content

1. Love through the ages: a richly rewarding unit which involves the study of prose, poetry and a Shakespeare play. The range of texts allows you to explore representations of love by a variety of writers over time. 2. Texts in shared contexts: currently, we offer Option A, the study of literature arising out of WW1, which also encourages you to reflect on the full impact of the war that reverberates to the present day. Again, the variety of texts on offer is exciting and includes prize-winning authors such as Pat Barker and Sebastian Faulks. 3. Independent critical study: this is a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for university-style independent study. Under the guidance of your teachers, you will complete a comparative critical study of two texts on a theme of your choice.

Entry requirements

Level 5 in English Literatature.


Regular, structured exam-style assessments in preparation for two terminal examinations. Ongoing ½ termly assessment. The independent critical study accounts for 20% of the overall grade and is internally assessed. You will receive written and oral feedback throughout the drafting process.

Future opportunities

A level English Literature is a multidisciplinary course of study which affords you opportunities to develop and demonstrate a wide range of study and life skills. You will be encouraged to become perceptive, independent critical readers and thinkers with the skills to communicate complex ideas in both speech and writing. Argumentative skills will be crucial, as will a high level of technical accuracy in written work. In short, this qualification is highly valued by universities and employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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