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English Literature Specification A at Sleaford Joint Sixth form

Course description

Topic and Assessment

Assessment is by both external examination and coursework. One examination and one piece of coursework is completed each year leading to an AS in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13.


Theme – ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’

Unit 1: - Texts in Context

Texts studied: Close reading – And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou Wider reading – Collected Poems – Langston Hughes A Streetcar Named Desire – Tennessee Williams Small Island – Andrea Levy

Unit 2: - Creative Study Texts studied: Prose: The Color Purple – Alice Walker Drama: The History Boys - Alan Bennett and Making History - Brian Friel The coursework piece must be 2000 – 2500 words in length.

A2 Theme – ‘Love Through the Ages’

Unit 3: Students will cover three texts from poetry, prose and drama across time and written by both men and women.

Unit 4: Students will complete a piece of coursework based on three texts either on a theme of their choice or linked with ‘Love Through the Ages’. One text will be a Shakespeare play. The coursework piece must be 3000 words in length.


A variety of skills are needed in lessons, and we cover many of the following:

* Note taking in ‘lecture style’ lessons

* Discussion together and in groups on the literature being studied

* Seminars, in which the students teach the rest of the group and give points for discussion

* Research to contextualise the texts being studied

* Writing timed essays

* Watching DVDs related to the time of the texts or to see a different version of the text.

Private Study

Students are expected to do much work outside of the classroom, ranging from research, to preparation for lessons, to note taking and writing formal essays and coursework. They are asked to do the following:

* Write up and expand on notes made in class;

* Prepare and write essays and seminars;

* Prepare and write coursework;

* Research the authors, time periods etc. being studied;

* Discuss topics with the teacher, before reporting back to the class, if necessary;

* Use the library, for access to a wider range of material for the wider reading section.

Entry requirements

A grade B in GCSE English Literature and C in English Language , although a grade B in both is highly recommended

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sleaford Joint Sixth form directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years