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English at The Henry Box School

Course description

The A level English course, to be taken as a one year (AS) or as a two year (A2) course, is designed to build naturally on the foundation laid by your GCSE English and English Literature work. You will read and study a wide variety of poetry, drama, prose fiction and non-fiction writing. You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-course examinations.The course is aimed at those who not only enjoy reading but enjoy thinking, talking and writing about what they read; it will most reward those who are excited by ideas and who are interested in exploring the questions about ourselves and out world which the reading of literature generates. In your reading, talking and writing, you will be involved in thinking about the nature of human experience and its significance, the two principal concerns of literature. There will also be an opportunity to write creatively, in the style of a particular writer as a coursework option. You will also consider how literature, its language and its concerns have developed across time.

The course aims to give you a balanced and wide-ranging experience of literature written in English during the last six hundred years. You will study a number of individual texts closely as well as looking more generally at key themes, genres and historical periods in English literature. The depth and breadth of your study will be much greater than at GCSE and this will be reflected in the amount of preparation and additional reading you will be expected to do on your own. Over the two years, you will study at least 12 complete texts (or equivalent). Some will be chosen by your teachers, some you will choose from reading lists, and some will be in the form of extracts.

Entry requirements

The A-level courses are academically demanding and in order to cope successfully students must have achieved good GCSE results. Our minimum entry requirement is therefore an average of 42 GCSE points, including a 'C' grade in English Language. As a general guide, most subjects require a minimum GCSE grade B in the subject to be studied.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years