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A Level English Literature at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

Core Content:

3.1 Love through the ages

3.2 Texts in shard contexts: WW1 and its aftermath

3.3 Independant critical study: Texts across time

Course content

  • Debate- style arguments
  • Drama performances
  • Shared reading
  • Group presentations
  • Essay writing
  • Mock Exams
  • DVD's
  • Independent research
  • Extensive peer assessment strategies
  • Self-marking policies
  • Excursions to theatre productions
  • Analysis of exemplar essays
  • Analysis of examiner reports
  • Analysis of past papers
  • Shared and modelled planning/essays

Entry requirements

Grade B pass in English at GCSE




Paper 1: Love through the Ages

A study of three texts: one poetry, one prose and one Shakespeare play.

Assessment:    3 hour exam (40% A-Level)


Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

Choice of:

WW1 and its Aftermath

Modern Times (Literature from 1945 to the present day)

Assessment:    2 hour 30 minute exam (40% A-Level)


Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time


Comparative critical study of two texts.

Assessment: 2500 word essay (20% A-Level)

Future opportunities

English Literature is a fascinating course and many of our students go on to study English Literature at degree level.


It is a long established route into degrees such as Law.

English Literature will demonstrate that you have excellent written communication skills.

Further information

You will learn in a variety of ways. Some of the lessons are taught, some involve class and group discussion. You will need to do research and wider reading to help with your studies.

The coursework elements allow the course to be quite personalised. You will need to do independent work and research for this.

English Literature classes are full of discussion, talk and reflection and are dynamic and interacive for a subject that demands written outcomes for assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address: