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English Literature A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

English Literature touches all our lives, intellectually and emotionally.

English Literature is a thrilling and challenging A level that will enable students to develop a range of invaluable skills. The course encourages students to respond with knowledge and understanding to a variety of literary texts, of different genres and from different centuries. Across the two year course, students will have the opportunity to study a variety of poetry, prose and drama, including prose written before and after 1900 and a play by Shakespeare, to develop skills of analysing previously unseen texts and, in the second year of the course, to write a comparative coursework essay based on two prose texts of the student’s own choice – one written before and one after 2000.

Course content

Prospective students should already enjoy reading fiction and discuss what they have read. They should have excellent skills in both English and English Literature. Primarily, students should love reading a variety of challenging prose, drama and poetry texts, considering the deeper implications of texts and the ways in which writers craft their work.

We would particularly recommend this A level for anyone thinking of studying English Literature at university, going into law or similar professions. It does, of course, complement many other A level subjects very well. It is a prestigious A level that enables students to develop their communication skills, and further their skills of analysis, synthesis and independent thinking.

We are looking for thoughtful, enthusiastic students, who will, as the course progresses, become autonomous readers, able to judge for themselves the quality of a text.

Entry requirements

A GCSE level 6 in English Language and English Literature

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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