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A Level English Literature at Watford Grammar School for Boys

Course description

English A levels offer you the chance to develop key skills of communication and analysis which are highly valued by universities and employers alike. You can also learn about new topics such as how speech gives away your background and you can practise being a creator, producer and critic of texts yourself.

English lessons at A- level are structured around discussion. Lessons are student-centred, encouraging participation from all. The courses also place immense value on the importance of creative response. In addition, English A levels also provide access to a range of extra-curricular opportunities, from editing The Fullerian magazine to attending residential creative writing courses and overseas trips.

English Literature A level aims to develop skills of literary analysis through creative engagement with a range of prose, poetry and drama texts. You will gain a deeper understanding of the heritage and changing traditions of literature in English as well as exploring multiple modes of reading, from artistic to political.

You will study diverse texts ranging from work first published and performed since 1300 to post- 1990, including one play by Shakespeare. There is a strong focus on critical literary skills, contexts and interpretations by other ‘readers’.

AS Level

Poetry and Prose 1800-1945

Literature post-1900

A2 Level

Drama and Poetry pre-1800

Texts in Time

Entry requirements

Students wishing to enter the Sixth Form must achieve a minimum of six GCSEs at grade B. The entry requirement for both English A levels is Grade B at GCSE English Language and Grade B at English Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years