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English Literature A level at Burntwood School

Course description

The English Literature course covers a range of forms of literature from Shakespeare to the present day. Across the two years, there are two pieces of coursework to complete: a recreative based on the poetry of Carol Ann Duffy and a comparative piece exploring a specific theme in A Streetcar Named Desire and The Secret River by Kate Grenville. There are two exams at the end of the course which cover Hamlet, selected poems of Christina Rossetti and a comparative and contextual study of dystopian literature. The set texts for this unit are 1984 and The Handmaid’s Tale. However, students are expected to read widely around the topic area in order to establish their own understanding of the genre. The course allows students to develop an understanding of relationships between texts and the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.

Entry requirements

5 Level 9-4 passes at GCSE level including English Language and English Literature. (Please note, students who obtain Level 4s will find the demands of the course extremely challenging so consultation will be required before entry to the course.)

Future opportunities

This course forms an excellent basis for any career requiring good communication and analytical skills, effective presentation and critical thinking. English Literature has been studied in conjunction with a wide range of A2 courses as it develops logical thinking and good communication skills. Many students go on to study English at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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