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English Literature at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

Why choose the course? This course centres on different ways of reading and the  connections that exist between texts within a literary genre (tragedy). Students will gain an understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order that they can arrive at their own interpretations and  become confident, autonomous readers. During the course they will study novels, poetry and plays within the tragic genre and will be given an opportunity for independent study using texts of their own choosing.       

Course content

Year 12 COURSE OUTLINE Component 1- Literary Genres: drama- Aspects of tragedy. Examination: 1 hour, 30 mins- closed book Section A-one passage based question on a Shakespeare text Section B-one passage based question on a drama set text (‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller) Component 2: Literary Genres: prose and poetry Examination: I hour 30 mins. Open book  Section A: one essay question on poetry set text (Keats) Section B: one essay question on prose set text (‘The Great  Gatsby’ by Scott Fitzgerald)

YEAR 13 COURSE OUTLINE  Component 1 - Aspects of Comedy/Tragedy (40%) Examination 2 hours 30 minutes – closed book. Section A: One passage based question on a Shakespeare play. Section B: One essay-based question on a Shakespeare play. Section C: One essay on two other texts. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, GCSE Grade 5 in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE.  


 The A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. These are linear qualifications. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all exams in May/June in a single year. All assessments must be taken in the same series.

Our A-level exams in English include questions that allow students to demonstrate their ability to:

  • draw together their knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study
  • provide extended responses.


Future opportunities

An A Level in English Literature can be the first step towards degree-level study of English Literature and many other subjects.

The study of English Literature is valuable to many jobs and industries, such as:

  1. Journalist
  2. Writer
  3. Editor
  4. Teacher
  5. Publishing
  6. Media
  7. Marketing

It will also benefit a wide variety of jobs that require effective communication.

In the workplace, you'll find your A Level English Literature will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good communication, reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

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: 10 October 2017
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    • Sixth Form
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