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English Literature A level at Southmoor Academy

Course description

The study of literature provides a fascinating insight into questions that don’t necessarily have fixed answers. It is a study of interpretations, of shaded and ambiguous meanings. Most of all, it is a chance to read and understand a variety of wonderful works of literature from a wide range of periods.

English literature is a highly regarded, traditional A level which is accepted for most degree courses. It is valued by institutions such as banks, industries and retailers, and is especially suited to careers in journalism, law, teaching, public relations, and advertising.

Course content


- Two examined units
- no coursework
- All units will fit with A2, so students can start with one and continue to the other

The first examined component focuses on Shakespeare and poetry pre-1900 and the second component explores literature post-1900, both drama and prose. This enables candidates to explore individual works of literature, relationships between texts and significant cultural and contextual influences. The simple structure is easy to navigate and reflects that of the A level English literature qualification.

- Two examined units
- One coursework unit

The first exam ‘Drama and poetry pre-1900’ is in two parts. In the first section, the topic is Shakespeare’s use of language. In the second section candidates answer on a combination of one drama text and one poetry text.

The second exam ‘Comparative and Contextual Study’ will consist of a close reading (unseen exercise) and a comparative essay. Students will have free choice of texts (from a list of core set texts and suggested set texts) from within their chosen topic area. The coursework component requires candidates to study three texts from across the genres of poetry, drama and prose.

Entry requirements

Minimum is a Grade 6 at GCSE. For more information discuss with Miss Kinnair.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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