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English Literature AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

The English literature course gives students the opportunity to explore texts that consider 'love through the ages' focusing on poetry, prose and Shakespeare.

You will develop analytical skills, responding to unseen poetry and comparing texts, considering critical readings and shared contexts.

Students will have the opportunity to read and respond to literature over time, engaging with modern texts written after 2000 and those written before 1900, including poetry, prose and drama texts.

You will need to read widely, making links between texts and considering contexts and the idea that multiple interpretations of literature are possible across a range of time periods.

This course allows you to explore independent research, demonstrating creativity and providing an excellent basis for university studies.

Course content

AS LevelLove through the ages

Poetry, and Shakespeare: Assessed through examination 50%
Prose: Assessed through examination 50%
Love through the ages

Poetry, prose and Shakespeare: Assessed through examination 40%
Texts in shared contexts: Literature from 1945 to the present day - three texts, one poetry, one prose, one drama - assessed through examination 40%
Independent critical study: Texts across time - 20%

Entry requirements

B grade in English Literature.


Examination 80%
Independent critical study 20%

Future opportunities

English literature develops critical understanding and analytical skills. It is highly thought of by universities and stands well alongside other analytical A Level subjects.

Further information

Students will need to read widely from the wide reading list. Pupils will have the opportunity to join the literature reading group and take part in university days.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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