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English Literature at Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre

Course description

English Literature A Level




Course content

To read widely and independently set texts and others that you have selected for yourself.

To engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.

To develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation.

To explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others' interpretations of them.

To undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen your appreciation.


Entry requirements

Grade B in both English Literature GCSE and English Language GCSE and 3 other GCSE's at grade C or above.


This is a 2 year course with 3 examinations at the end of the course (in Drama, Poetry and Prose) plus coursework.

It is made up of 4 components:

Component 1 - Drama, 60 marks, 30% weighting (2 hours 15 mins)

Component 2 - Prose, 40 marks, 20% weighting (1 hour)

Component 3 - Poetry, 60 marks, 30% weighting (2 hours 15 mins)

Component 4 - Coursework, 60 marks, 20% weighting (2500-3000 words)

One extended comparative essay referring to 2 texts.  Students study a free choice of 2 texts linked by theme, movement, author or period.  Chosen texts may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.


Future opportunities

A Level English Literature is acceptable as a qualification for many degree courses and would be relevant for students seeking a career in journalism, teaching and writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Small Heath School & Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2016
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