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English Literature - AS/A Level at Hartlepool Sixth Form College

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Did you ever find yourself engrossed in Harry Potter’s fight to the death with He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named? Or cowering with fright because the latest Stephen King story had filled you with terror? Modern literature has its roots in our fabulous literary heritage: ‘Harry Potter’ was inspired by Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, and modern horror writers learnt their techniques by reading the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley and Anne Radcliffe. So you’re  a reader? Fabulous. English Literature is the ideal subject for you. If you are happy turning the pages of a play, or a collection of poems, or a novel, then just imagine what it would be like if your homework was reading and your lessons are based on discussing what you had read. Writers weave amazing worlds and populate them with various intriguing, loveable, frightening and pitiable characters. Study the techniques dramatists, poets and novelists use to keep us hooked. Who knows, perhaps you may be the next J.K Rowling or the West End’s dramatist whose plays tour the country. Perhaps you may become the songwriter whose hits are performed by top musicians because of your love of poetry. Choose English Literature and you will spend two years exploring the most thrilling and exciting texts our literary past has to offer. As well as looking at poetry, novels and plays from a huge variety of inspirational writers, you will also have the opportunity to immerse yourself in some texts for your coursework. Yes, you will have to do two exams, but when you love a subject this much, the exams will be a breeze.


There will be two terminal exams at the end of the two year Advanced level course, both 2 and half hours long and weighted 40% each. You will complete a coursework folder weighted 20% of the total course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hartlepool Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 26 July 2016
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