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English Literature at Marlwood School

Course description

The aim of this course is to encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of English Literature. You will study a wide range of poetry, plays, novels and short stories.

AS (Year 1)

Poetry and Prose 1800 - 1945

Poetry 1800-1945 - critical analysis of poetry (e.g. the poetry of Robert Browning)

Prose 1800-1945 - analytical essay on a set prose text focusing on narrative methods and effects and linking to other readers’ interpretations (e.g. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte )

Literature post-1900 - close critical analysis of a section of a chosen post-1900 text


re-creative writing based on a post-1900 chosen text with candidate commentary


an essay exploring connections between texts informed by other readers’ interpretations.

A2 (Year 2) Drama and Poetry pre-1800

Section A: Shakespeare

Section B: Drama and Poetry pre-1800

Texts in Time

An opportunity to explore 3 texts and produce an extended essay response in preparation for study at degree level.

Entry requirements

Prospective A level English students should normally be aiming for GCSE grades A*, A or B in English and English Literature. An organised and committed approach is required, since independent study and regular written assignments are essential aspects of this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years