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English Literature at King Edward VII

Course description

  • A study of Literary Genres: Comedy or Tragedy
  • A study of Literary Themes: Crime Writing or Political Writing
  • Study of Shakespeare
  • Study of Literature Across Time
  • Study of Literary Criticism
  • Coursework in response to Critical Theory
  • Study in preparation for an Unseen Text in the examination

This will include… the study of at least nine texts across the two years, and the writing of critical and analytical essays about these texts individually and comparatively. The course will also include preparation for the more individualised coursework element where two essays will be produced of between 2500-3000 words in total.

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Entry requirements

You will have gained grade 6 or above in both English Language and English Literature. You will be someone who finds reading rewarding and reads widely and independently outside of school. You will also be somebody who enjoys analysing language and the meanings behind texts across the literary genres (poetry, prose, drama), and from different time periods.

To ensure that the subjects you have chosen fit into our timetable please click the link below to view our subject blocking timetable 2019-2020 on our school website. Please note that this may be subject to change depending on course demand or staffing.

NOTE: the school reserves the right NOT to run courses where the number of students is not viable.


Paper 1: Literary Genres: Comedy or Tragedy.  (2 ½  hours; 40% of A-Level)

Paper 2: Texts and Genres: Crime Writing or Political Writing. (2 ½ hours; 40% of A-Level)

Coursework: (Y13 only) Theory and Independence. (20% of A-Level)

Future opportunities

A qualification in this subject is valuable for any university Arts, Social Sciences, Linguistics or Humanities degree course. If you want to follow and English Studies course at university, it is recommended that you also complete an A-level course in Language.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 104 Weeks