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English Literature A Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

At A2 the foundation of AS  is extended in two main ways: by looking in more detail at the way texts reproduce cultural meanings; and by considering the ways in which texts can be subjected to different types of critical approach, yielding different and potentially challenging interpretations. Students will broaden their understanding of genre and categorisation, extend their independent reading and develop their awareness of critical methods and readings.

Course content

Unit 3 - LITB3 Texts and Genres

Unit 4 - LITB4

Further and Independent Reading




Entry requirements

This course is for students who have successfully aquired the skills associated with ‘AS’ English Language or equivalent and who have successfully achieved grade ‘D’ at GCE Language, or higher.


How will I be assessed?  30% of total A level Written paper. 2 hours. Closed book 80 marks Minimum three texts for study including at least one text 1300-1800. Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral.

Further and Independent Reading 20% of A level Coursework 60 marks Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts (1500-2000 words); an application of an aspect of pre-released

Future opportunities

An English Literature degree is a highly respected qualification that can equip you with invaluable analytical, critical and interpersonal skills, which are all essential for further academic study or employment.

Further information

Is there any other information I need to know?  Students must be willing to do a lot of their own reading in order to develop their ideas. Suggested wider reading lists will be supplied and it is expected that you will read far more than just the set texts to get the most out of this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.