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English Literature GCE A Level at The Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

Studying English Literature at A Level will immerse students to in incredible world of poetry, prose and drama. It explores fictional texts which allows students to understand how they are created and how the characters, themes and plots are brought to life. This course provides the opportunity to explore some of the most revered texts throughout history, as well as crucial and sometimes controversial contemporary writing. Literature students are always challenged to see beyond the words on the page, and to develop a critical appreciation of the writing they study. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to the rigours of literary study, exploring the fascinating theme of ‘Love’ in a wide variety of texts, alongside considering the contexts in which the texts were produced. Students then read texts written during and after World War 1 and explore the time period from different contextual viewpoints and literary styles. This thematic study is completed alongside a comparative coursework assignment which will allow students the independence to explore in depth a literary theme of their choice.

Course content


F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby

Pre-1900 Poetry

William Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’


Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Miller’s Tale’


The Penguin Collection of War Poetry

Pat Barker’s ‘Regeneration’

David Haig’s ‘My Boy Jack’

Unseen Prose


Non-Examined Assessment:

Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Miller’s Tale’

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Paper 1 – Love through the Ages = 40%

Paper 2 – WW1 and its aftermath = 40%

Non-examined assessment – Literature across time =20%

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day. 

For more information contact us on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

Studying English Literature is invaluable for those planning to pursue a career in education, journalism, the media, theatre, publishing and even law. Previous students who have successfully completed this course have gone on to study English at degree level, as well as American studies, drama and history.

Further information

If you have a passion for reading all kinds of texts including plays, poetry and novels, enjoyed studying English Literature at GCSE and want to stretch your analytical skills further, then this is the course for you.  Effective communication skills, teamwork, independent study and dedication are essential for success in this course.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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    • Contact name:
    • Emma Salter - Post 16+ Officer
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01924 483 666
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