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English Literature A Level at Clacton County High School

Course description

A Level English Literature provides the opportunity to read and study an exciting range of texts, from well-known Classics of the past, to modern novels.

It will enable you to study prose, poems and plays from different time periods and cultures and use your analytical skills to demonstrate your understanding of them. You will develop your ability to analyse how readers’ responses are shaped by a text’s context and explore writers’ choices and intentions. You will also have the opportunity to study other readers’ interpretations of the texts and think about critical approaches to them. You will be encouraged to read widely and develop your individual response to an array of texts and literature.

Topics include:

  • Close study: Close study and analysis of a short extract from a modern novel
  • Comparative study: A comparative analysis of a pre 21st Century novel and a modern novel, focusing on critical theories
  • AS Exam: Study of a pre 20th Century novel and a work of one poet
  • Comparative essay: Focusing on a play, poem and prose text
  • A2 Exam – Study of a Shakespeare play, one other play, and one work of poetry
  • You will also be expected to read outside of lessons and build your own knowledge of critical interpretations

This course will suit you if:

  • You love reading, whether it be prose, poetry or drama.
  • You enjoy exploring and analysing the language and structure used in texts closely.
  • You have an interest in the contextual background of texts, and how this affects the meaning of them. 

Entry requirements

Essential: A minimum of six GCSEs (grades A*-C) is required, including Maths and English. Students will normally require a minimum of a GCSE (grade B) in any subject they wish to study at A Level.

Desirable: Working towards an A/A* grade in GCSE English Language. B grade in GCSE English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clacton County High School directly.

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years