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A Level English Literature at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

This course involves the study of a wide range of literary texts covering a wide range of different authors, genres and time periods. Students need to be ready to read demanding works, to discuss them in depth and to write essays about them.

Students will study eight texts in total across the two years: 2 drama texts; 2 poetry texts; 2 prose texts and 2 further texts for coursework. They will also study a range of critical material to accompany them.

Students will learn and develop a range of skills from essay writing and analysis to oral presentation and debate. The study of Literature is lively, enjoyable and thought-provoking and teaches students how to read not only texts, but also the world around them.

Course content


The Drama unit will cover either tragedy or comedy and will include in depth study of one Shakespeare play, as well as one other drama text.

30% of the final mark


The Prose unit will cover 2 texts on a chosen theme. One text will be from pre-1900.

 20% of the final mark


In the Poetry unit students will study two collections of poetry, one of which will be contemporary poetry and the other which will focus on a particular poet or movement.


30% of the final mark


Students will study two texts that are linked by theme, genre or ideas and will produce a comparative essay of up to 3000 words, which will be internally assessed and moderated by the examination board.

20% of the final mark


Entry requirements

Girls opting for this course must have achieved Grade B or above in both English Language and English Literature.

It is very important that girls understand the need to read difficult texts, and that they should be ready to discuss ideas in class and to write essays.

Future opportunities

English Literature is widely recognised as an academic and demanding A Level that prepares students for a wide range of degree courses and other types of study. Students of English Literature often go on to study or work in Law, Education, Journalism, Media, Publishing, Advertising, the Arts, Creative Writing 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years