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English Literature AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

A-level English Literature is a subject which emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication, plus an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas. A level English Literature is a particularly suitable course for students who are keen readers and who enjoyed GCSE English Literature. It widens your understanding of the foundation topics of this discipline: drama, poetry and prose. At A – level, English Literature can complement many other subjects and can be a valuable contrast to scientific subjects, demonstrating a breadth of interests.

Course content

We study a broad variety of literature which includes Renaissance drama, thematic poetry and 20th century novels. Your study will involve: research based on social and historical contexts; classroom discussion; essay planning and writing and analysis of literary features. Students are taught in small groups and, when drafting coursework, in one to one tutorials.  

Entry requirements

B in GCSE English Language and B in GCSE English Literature.


Examination: 80% Coursework: 20%  

Financial information

Students will be required to purchase their own copies of the set texts so they can be annotated and used for revision. (Clean copies of the text will be provided for the examination) Optional theatre trips may also be arranged by the department.

Future opportunities

The analytical, discursive and creative skills which are developed are useful in many careers such as: journalism, broadcasting, advertising, law, social services, teaching and government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Emmbrook School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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