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English Literature A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

English Literature is a stimulating and thought provoking subject; it develops the ability to engage with the world and enhances written and oral skills. In studying literature, students learn about diverse times and different genres, and the new A level includes exciting contemporary texts as well as the classics.

English Literature is exceptionally well respected by universities and employers because it enables students to construct arguments and articulate their ideas with clarity. Poetry, prose, plays and literary criticism are studied, and theatre trips, live broadcasts of plays and film adaptations bring the texts to life.

Course content


Two prose texts are chosen from one of the following topic areas: the gothic, American literature 1880 – 1940 and women in literature. Students will complete one piece of coursework this year which is a close reading of an extract of a text, and begin studying for the second comparative coursework essay. All texts chosen for coursework are published post-1900 with at least one published post-2000.


In year 2, the second piece of coursework will be completed. Students will study a Shakespeare play, a selection of poetry and another piece of drama. They will engage in greater detail with literary criticism and will use a variety of perspectives about texts to enhance their own arguments. Throughout the course, independent research and reading will be integral to their learning.


There are two exams, each two and a half hours long. The first exam covers drama and poetry pre-1900. The second exam covers comparative and contextual study. The coursework folder is worth 20%

Future opportunities

English Literature is an excellent course for entry into a wide range of careers including: journalism and media related courses, advertising and marketing, teaching, the law, marketing, human resources, accountancy and the public sector. It is a subject that employers and universities hold in high esteem

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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