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English Literature A Level at Dunraven School

Course description

There are two broad themes studied over the two year course: ‘Love through the Ages’ and ‘Texts in Shared in Contexts - Modern Times: 1945 to the present day’. In Year 12, for ‘Love through the Ages’ students will start by studying a unit that introduces the novel form before going on to study Shakespeare’s Othello, Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, and an anthology of pre-1900 poetry. Students will also start to read for and write their Non Examined Unit (previously called Coursework), which will require them to choose two texts (one of which must be pre-1900) and write a comparative essay on a theme of their choice.

As the students move into Year 13, they will be study ‘Modern Times: 1945 to the present day’. They will study Skirrid Hill, a collection of poetry by Owen Sheers, Oranges are not the Only Fruit and a Streetcar Named Desire. They will also revise the texts they have studied earlier in the course and prepare for the unseen poetry and prose elements to the examination.

Course content

Theme: ‘Love through the Ages’
Theme: ‘Love through the Ages’- Shakespeare’s Othello; unseen poetry; comparing prose and poetry.
Theme: ‘Modern Times: literature from 1945 to present day’- set poetry; unseen extract; comparison of play and prose.
Theme: ‘Texts Across Time’ - Independent critical study.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Paper 1 (40%) ‘Love through the Ages’ – 3 hours
Paper 2 (40%) ‘Modern Times: 1945 to the present’ – 2 hours 30 minutes
Independent Critical Study (20%) Texts Across Time – 2500 word essay comparing two texts.

Future opportunities

A highly respected qualification which produces independent critical and analytical thinkers. Students will develop vital skills in reading and communication, both of which are important to any career in either the public or private sectors. Students of English Literature may well go on to work in journalism, publishing or teaching, but are just as likely to go onto work in law, business or finance.
This A-level prepares students very well for the study of English Literature at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1-2 years