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English Literature A Level at Keswick School

Course description

The ability to think critically and to be sensitive to the needs of others is vital to the future of society. Students of literature gain insight into the world, other people and themselves. They learn to be analytical, to structure responses, to appreciate the power of language: all vital aspects of life in the twenty-first century!

Course content

Component 1: Shakespeare and drama and poetry pre-1900

Component 2: close reading in a topic which will be chosen by the teacher from: American literature 1880-1940; the Gothic; dystopia and women in literature Two texts; one from an OCR prescribed list.

Component 3: non-examined short close reading analysis or recreative text, plus comparative essay studying texts chosen by the student under advice from the teacher Three post-1900 texts: prose, poetry and drama.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in English literature and grade 5 or above in English language.


Component 1: closed text, written exam: 150 minutes

Component 2: closed text, written exam: 150 minutes

Component 3: coursework: 20% of total A level

Future opportunities

Although there are some careers (journalism, advertising, arts administration, media work, teaching) to which English literature is obviously more directly applicable, it is a valuable qualification in its own right which will provide a sound basis for access to a variety of courses and careers through the skills which this course develops.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Keswick School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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