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English Literature A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

English Literature offers students the challenge of reading and studying a wide range of literature written at various periods of time and in different styles. As well as studying specific texts for the examination, students will gain knowledge about the social, historical and cultural contexts of certain writers and their works.

Course content

Students will learn how to analyse texts and to write about them critically. Students will develop their own responses to Literature and combine this with how Literature ‘works’ – how writers achieve effects in their writing and how effectively they ‘shape’ their works to create characters and settings.

Students will study different genres of poetry and prose. Groups of texts will be put together to draw out common and contrasting aspects.

An important aspect of the course is Literary Heritage as it is important to know what texts help define writing over time. Poetry is a key aspect of this area of the course and students will study a range of poetry from a selection of poems from different writers. A coursework folder will involve an explorative study and a critical responses.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a grade 6 in both English Language & English Literature GCSE.


External examination: 2 hours 15 minutes: Clean copies of the prescribed examination texts must be used in the examination

Section A: Unseen poetry or unseen prose, short-answer response

Section B: Poetry essay response

Section C: Prose essay response

Future opportunities

All professions value the ability to read and understand the explicit ideas in a text and more importantly the implicit ideas. Whether it is a science or humanities based career all professions value someone who can read, understand and communicate the ideas of others as well as their own. Careers such as Law, Journalism, Teaching, the Police and other public sector areas, Media or the Medical profession all welcome English Literature as a high quality Advanced Level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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