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English Literature A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

We study the Edexcel English Literature specification which allows you to:
• Compare a range of texts across genres, themes and periods from 1300 to present day
• Study critical comments and apply these to texts
• Have a deeper understanding of the various traditions of literature in English

Course content

You will further your appreciation of a wide range of English Literature by studying 4 components (3 examined, 1 coursework) covering a wide range of texts, periods and genres.
Component 1: The study of a Shakespeare play, either a tragedy or a comedy, and one other drama (either tragedy or comedy)
Component 2: The study of two prose texts on a chosen theme; one text will be pre-1900
Component 3: The study of poetry, both post and pre-2000
Component 4: Coursework: A comparative essay studying two texts not covered elsewhere in the course; 2500–3000 words Studying English Literature will allow you to: voice your own opinions; lead discussions by giving presentations; develop sophisticated writing skills; acquire and use specialist terms; research writers, genres and periods; engage actively in dynamic ways with the texts.

Entry requirements

As this course builds on GCSE skills, you should have GCSE qualifications in English Language and English Literature of at least Grade 6 or above.


Component 1: Examination of 2 hours and 15 minutes (30%)
Open book, 2 questions
Component 2: Examination of 1 hour (20%) Open book,
2 questions
Component 3: Examination of 2 hours and 15 minutes (30%)
Open book, 2 questions
Component 4: Coursework: An independent comparative study of two texts 2500 – 3000 words (20%)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highworth Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September