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English AS/A2 Level at Colchester Royal Grammar School

Course description

A Level English Literature is a very popular option in the Sixth Form.

Year 12 reads a major poet (currently Browning or Yeats) and a key novel (Mrs Dalloway or Frankenstein) for the sole exam paper. Coursework covers three texts: a typical class might tackle Philip Larkin's High Windows, Plenty by David Hare and The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore.
Year 13 looks at older texts including King Lear, Paradise Lost and The White Devil for the exam; and a thematic group of three further texts for coursework such as Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, Sylvia Plath's Ariel and Caryl Churchill's Top Girls.
Extra sessions for talented and ambitious students lead every year to successful applications to Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities, and several students pursue an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on a literary topic.
Extra-curricular Drama is largely led by members of the English Department. Recent productions include Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing; Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Maxwell's Too Fast and Shaffer's Amadeus; and a Lower School adaptation of Stevenson's Treasure Island.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colchester Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years