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English Literature GCE A Level (Marple Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Throughout this course you will be encouraged to develop interest and enjoyment in the great writings of English Literature from a wide range of historical periods. You will read plays, poetry and novels, old and new, looking at how styles vary and interpretations change through time. You should do this subject if you love reading, enjoy discussion and debate, and care about social, political and moral issues which affect everyone.

Course content

A Level (year two) Unit Three: Period and Genre Study (Synoptic) For this unit you will produce a 3000 word coursework essay. You will compare three texts; one will be a novel, the second will be poetry, and the final text will be of any genre. The emphasis in this unit is on independent reading and research, so there will be a wide choice of texts. Unit Four: Poetry and Drama 2 In this unit you will study one poetry text (pre-1800) and two drama texts (one of these will be a Shakespeare play). There is a 2½ hour closed book exam.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.


In addition to examinations, 40% of both AS and A2is made up of coursework.

Future opportunities


Further information

• English Literature goes very well with most other subjects – it complements all arts, humanities and sciences, especially at AS Level where you should choose a broader base. • It is an extremely versatile subject which could take you just about anywhere, although a lot of English graduates veer towards teaching, journalism, publishing, advertising and the arts. • Exam results are above the national average. • There are lots of trips – not only to the theatre, but also cultural trips abroad. • There is a good record of helping students get to Oxbridge.

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years