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English Literature A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

A level English Literature is a course which encourages you to have an interest in and enjoyment of literature, through reading widely, critically and independently.  Texts will range across centuries, genre and gender and offer a range of views about life.  You will be required to complete wider reading around topics and themes and keep a reading log about the texts you study.  Students must be capable of dealing with concepts and need writing skills demonstrated by a minimum of a B grade in their GCSE results.

Course content

You will be studying a range of literature which offers a stimulating glimpse into different issues.  Each unit will be based upon an extract, paying particular attention to HOW and WHY the piece was written.  You will be required to complete various pieces of work over the year, including a non- exam assessment.

Some of the texts studied include:

AS Level

  • Othello
  • Pre-1900 Poetry Anthology
  • Rebecca
  • Atonement

A Level

  • Journey’s End
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • The First Casualty
  • Scars Upon My Heart
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirement for Sixth Form is 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further information in our school prospectus which is available on our website:

Specific entry requirement for this subject - B grade or above in GCSE English Literature.


This is a skills based mark scheme. The specification in English Literature is designed to encourage the development of the autonomous reader.  The non-exam assessment is encouraged through teachers/candidates taking responsibility for choice of text and construction of task.  All students will sit the AS examination.

Future opportunities

The course will provide a sound academic A level for those wishing to apply for a degree course later on, in a range of subjects, both academic and vocational. 

Many careers require academic A Levels, particularly Law, Medicine and Teaching; English Literature is therefore considered as a valuable subject to attain.

Further information

If you enjoy reading and thinking about culture and heritage through literature, then this is the course for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years