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English Literature A Level at Mill Hill County High School

Course description

Students will study literature from a variety of periods and genres, including Shakespeare, prose, poetry and drama texts.

Type and Nature of the Work Involved

  • Developing an interest and enjoyment in English literature
  • Analysing a range of different texts from a selected period
  • Shaping responses in formal essay writing
  • Responding creatively to prose texts
  • Sustaining a wide reading exploration of a number of writings on the same theme
  • Gaining knowledge of the social historical circumstances in which texts are written
  • Developing a critical perspective

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B in both GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language


A2 Level

Unit 1 - Love through the Ages
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prosie text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.  The exam will include two unseen poems:
Section A: Shakespeara: One passage-based question with linked essay
Section B: Unseen poetry: Compulsory essay question on two unseen poems
Section C: Comparing texts: One essay question linking two texts
40% of total A Level mark

Unit 2 - Texts in Shared Context
Study of three texts: one prose, one petry, and one drama
Choice of two options (chosen by class teacher)
Option 1: WW1 and its aftermath.
Option 2: Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day
40% of A Level mark

Unit 3 - Texts Across Time

In Texts across time, students write a comparative critical study of two texts.  This is a coursework assessment.  Some suggested themes for this independent study are:

*  The struggle for identity                    
*  Crime and punishment                                  
*  Minds under stress
*  Nostalgia and the past                       
*  The Gothic                                                   
*  Satire and dystopia
*  War and conflict                               
*  Representations of race and ethnicity
20% of total A Level mark 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mill Hill County High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

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