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English Literature A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Do you love reading? Have you enjoyed the poetry and fiction you have studied for GCSE? Do you want an A level that is highly regarded by universities and employers?

Studying English literature immerses you in some of the major texts of English culture. You will learn about the wonderful tradition of writing in English, and become familiar with many of the greatest writers.

A variety of literary forms will be studied, including poetry, fiction and drama. This is a course that also offers you the opportunity to do your own research, and to supplement your knowledge of the texts with wider reading of your own. If you love Literature, this is the course for you.

Course content

This A level will develop you as a writer, and your own essay writing skills will then be extremely useful in many other areas of academic study; English Literature graduates go on to a wide variety of careers.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve a grade C or above in GCSE English and English Literature.


Unit Three: Reading for Meaning

You will study a variety of literature texts based on the theme of Love Through the Ages.

60% of the total A2 marks

Unit Four: Extended Essay and Shakepeare Study

You will study at least one of Shakespeare's plays and produce a piece of coursework based on the texts you study.

40% of the total A2 marks

Coursework = 3000 words

Future opportunities

Specific areas this subject may lead to include teaching, publishing, library work and advertising.

Further information

English Literature students at Weatherhead have a love of reading, work hard and achieve fantastic results. You will have the chance to participate in theatre trips, a cultural trip to London and the Literacy Leaders programme. With a wide range of texts to enjoy, and a multitude of opportunities to stretch yourself and develop independently, you will become a critical reader and a mature writer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year