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English Literature A Level at Upton Court Grammar School

Course description

AS English Literature: • Shakespeare, pre-1900 poetry, drama (such as The History Boys or A Streetcar Named Desire) and modern prose (such as The Great Gatsby or Nineteen Eighty-Four) will be taught. • Typical lessons include class discussion, debates, group work and drama! • Theatre trips and lectures in London will be offered

A2 English Literature will include a coursework unit in which you choose the texts you would like to study! You will be guided to choose texts that fit into a category such as The Gothic, Dystopia or The Immigrant Experience.

Course content

It is important to us that all students with a love of literature get the broadest possible choices. Students begin study in Year 12 with units on poetry, Gothic literature, and Shakespeare . Following on from that, they build on existing course components and take their A - Level at the end of Year 13. The course offers excellent opportunities for extension and extra - curricular learning, as the Shakespeare element has to be viewed as well as read. This means that trips to the Globe or Stratford - upon - Avon will be a must for all Literature students, and, in March of 2016 we are going to go to the Globe to see Twelfth Night – a real experience for all literature lovers.


The A - Level examination is exciting and offers a broad range of thematic groups from which texts are drawn. These thematic groups include topics such as Women in Literature, Dystopia, The Gothic, American Literature and The Immigrant Experience. Students study set and un seen texts for one of these groups. The two - year course includes a 20% coursework component alongside two longer examination papers. The coursework component is particularly exciting, as it offers students the opportunity to guide their own reading choices , and they study three texts in detail for two pieces of coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Upton Court Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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