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English Literature A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

The course offers you the opportunity to study a variety of texts from different genres,including prose, drama and poetry, dating from the 1300s to the present day. You will read, not just to learn facts, but also to explore human thoughts, feelings, ideas and behaviour as seen through the imaginations of novelists, poets and playwrights.

Course content

At AS Level you will study the Shakespearian comedy Twelfth Night, a pre 1900 poetry collection by Christina Rosetti, the post 1900 play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. At A Level you will study two additional post 1900 novels, a pre 1900 play and another post 1900 poetry collection.

Throughout the course you will develop critical literary skills, including in depth analysis of language, structure & form, an appreciation of contexts in which texts are produced and received, evaluation of a variety of possible interpretations as well as the skill of making connections between texts.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in both GCSE language and literature or a B grade in another relevant subject and a grade 6 in one of these.


This course is one of the new linear A levels.

All examinations will take place at the end of the course.
The AS qualification is completely separate and is assessed by exam only.

The A level contains a 20% coursework component made up of a comparative essay and a close analysis or re-creative piece.

Future opportunities

English Literature is widely accepted as one of the most reputable and rigorous of all the academic disciplines and, for students wishing to study some courses at top universities, it is an essential pre-requisite. It provides an excellent basis for any
career where clarity of thought, sound judgment and reasoning are required, such as civil service, law, journalism, television and creative writing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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    • The size of our Sixth Form gives us greater resources than smaller institutions and this means we are more able to offer a wider range of subject and course combinations at A level & BTEC level 3.

      • A highly qualified and experienced staff that have a proven track record of working successfully at A level.
      • Excellent study facilities and subject resources (including state of the art media and music facilities).
      • Personalised care and support through a personal tutor and the Sixth Form pastoral team, supporting and monitoring your progress and acting as a contact point with home.
      • An exceptional curriculum enrichment programme.
      • Access to the school’s sport and gym facilities.
      • Outstanding guidance and support for university, employment or training.