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English Literature A level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

At both levels the courses will increase your understanding of people, attitudes and societies very different from your own. You will investigate the cultural and literary traditions of earlier times, and will learn to analyse the techniques of past and present writers, becoming a confident and independent critic. You will be able to develop key skills in communication as well as in research from published critical works and the Internet.

Students choose English Literature to broaden their career options, to provide variety in their sixth form studies, to develop their analytical skills, or just because they like reading, challenge, discussion and debate! Some go on to study English at degree level, others find it good training for courses in law, Languages, and the Humanities. Some students go on to careers in education, journalism or the media. You will gain an AS or A Level in a qualification that is highly regarded by admissions tutors and employers.

Course content


Unit One
Aspects of Narrative
This unit introduces you to the ways in which literary texts work.
You will be examined on your study of four texts; two novels and two poetry selections.

Unit Two
Dramatic Genres
You will study at least two plays, one of which will be by Shakespeare.
Coursework is comprised of two pieces of written work. The centre is free to choose texts and tasks.


Unit Three
Texts and Genres
This examination based unit will teach you to develop ideas on the significance of the Gothic genre.
You will study a minimum of three texts representing the genre from 1300 onwards

Unit Four
Further and Independent Reading.
A coursework unit based on the study of at least two texts, one of these will be a pre-released anthology of critical thinking. You will apply your knowledge of interpretations to a text of your choice.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years