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English Literature A level at Highbury Fields School

Course description

English Literature at A-level explores different genres of literature. Students will learn about different critical approaches, write analytical essays and explore the work of literary critics. They will also create original ideas and interpretations of great literary texts.

‘Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.’ Salman Rushdie

Course content

Students will complete two pieces of coursework in Year 12, exploring a particular dramatic genre through a modern play and a play by Shakespeare. They will study two poets and two novelists in depth in preparation for an exam at the end of Year 12.

In Year 13, students complete coursework based on their own independent reading. They then study a series of texts from a genre of literature, across various text types, for their end of Year 13 exam.

Throughout the course, students are given opportunities to visit the theatre and attend study days based on texts. Visiting lecturers from prestigious universities such as King's College London come in to school to lead sessions on the exam texts. Selected students are also given the opportunity to attend English study days at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Throughout the course, teachers expect students to read widely for pleasure and draw on their reading in their coursework and exam work.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above including minimum grade B in both English Literature and English Language GCSE.


60% examination, 40% coursework

Future opportunities

An A Level in English Literature is highly regarded by universities as the analytical and writing skills that you will learn are beneficial to all degree subjects and indeed most careers. Many lawyers, journalists and politicians have studied A Level English Literature. More importantly though, reading a lot of exciting novels, plays and poems will make you a more inquisitive and interesting person.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2016
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