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English Literature A level at Wirral Grammar School for Boys

Course description

English Literature encourages students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature through reading widely, critically and independently. Close study is made of a number of literary works from the genres of poetry, prose and drama, written from 1300 to the present day. The aim of the course is to present a discipline that is humane, historically aware and communicative.


Exam boards syllabuses for A Level Literature are changing with effect from September 2015. While we await some details of the specification design from the AQA exam board to finalise our teaching programmes, it is expected that from September 2015, we will offer English Literature only as an A level option, and not as a stand alone AS option as well. The course will be of 2 years duration, based on a combination of coursework and terminal examinations. These consist of:

Paper 1 Literary Genres (2.5 hours)

Aspects of Tragedy or Comedy, based on a Shakespeare text, another drama text and one further text, one of which must have been written pre-1900.

Paper 2 Texts and Genres (3 hours)

Elements of Crime Writing or Political and Social Protest Writing, based on one prose text written after 2000, one poetry text and one other text, one of which must have been written pre-1900

Coursework: Theory and Independence

Two coursework essays, one of which must be on a prose text, the other on a poetry text, both responding to different aspects of an AQA Critical Anthology of approaches to literary criticism.

Future opportunities

This course will be enjoyed by all those who can formulate original ideas and articulate them in a mature analytical manner. English Literature combines well with all subjects at AS and A2 levels and gives excellent preparation for university courses in Business Studies, Humanities, Languages, Law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015

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