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English Literature at The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre

Course description

Close reading and connections between texts are at the heart of this course. You will read eight literary texts, including two poetry collections and a Shakespeare play. At least one of the texts will be chosen by you in negotiation with your teachers and one of the exams is based on texts written after 1945.

Course content

The course is divided into three components:

  • Love through the Ages
  • Texts in Shared Contexts
  • Texts Across Time.

Entry requirements

  • At least six A*- C grades at GCSE, including Grade B in English Language and English Literature.
  • You need to enjoy reading!


  • Paper 1 will ask you to answer three questions based on the theme of love: one will be on the Shakespeare play you have studied, the second on unseen poetry and the third will ask you to compare two prepared texts which you can take into the exam with you.
  • In Paper 2 you will be asked about three Modern texts you have studied as well as an unseen extract of prose fiction. The Non-exam assessment (NEA) is your Independent Critical Study in which you will write an extended essay comparing two Gothic texts.


Financial information

The purchase of a recommended course book and other background texts is also helpful.

Future opportunities

This course is particularly suitable for those who wish to study English, English Literature, Journalism, Creative writing or Media at university.

Many careers can be accessed with an A Level in English Literature, including those in Publishing, Writing, Journalism, Editing, Law, Media and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Burgate School and Sixth Fom centre directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2016

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