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A Level English Literature at Saint Gregory's Catholic College

Course description

This course involves reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: poetry, drama and research and develop links with context. By studying English Literature, students will learn to view the world around them with different eyes, developing skills of perception and critical awareness.

Course content

Core content:

Unit 3.1 Love through the Ages

Unit 3.2 Texts in Shared Contexts

Unit 3.3 Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time


  •  WW1 and its Aftermath
  •  Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day

Paper 1: Love through the Ages Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

Assessment: written exam: 3 hours - examination will include two unseen poems (40% of A Level)

Paper 2: Texts in shared context Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

Assessment: examination will include an unseen extract written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900

Assessment: one extended essay of 2,500 words (20% of A Level)

Entry requirements

Students will have a specific interest in literature already and enjoy reading for pleasure and for study. This course offers the opportunity to become a confident communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing views.

Students will have at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Gregory's Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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