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English Literature A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The two year course focuses on the study of literature from both the past and the present, covering a range of poetry, prose and drama.  It encourages the student to become an informed and independent reader of both prepared and unprepared texts, responding to them critically. The course is ideal for anyone who enjoys critically engaging with texts and may lead to a variety of University courses including English Literature. English Literature A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. English Literature A privileges the process of making autonomous meaning, encouraging students to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses.

Unit 1: Reading for meaning - Study of three texts linking to the theme ‘Love through the Ages’. One poetry, one prose and one Shakespeare.

Unit 2: Texts in shared Context – WW1 and its aftermath. Study of three texts one prose, one poetry and one drama.

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: text across time. 


Unit 1 – 3hr exam – Open book only for section C (worth 40% of total A level)

 Unit 2– 2hr 30 minutes open book exam (worth 40% of total A level)

 Unit 3 – NEA (teacher assessment and moderation by AQA) 2500 Independent Critical Study (worth 20% of total A level)

Future opportunities

English Literature is an important facilitating subject which opens the door to many subjects at university level and career opportunities. It is well-respected as a course which develops skills in arguing a case, developing independent thinking and preparing students for becoming sophisticated communicators.

Further information

Students are encouraged to participate in trips to the theatre, study days at universities and a reading group to support independent learning and reading for their wider reading ad study of literature beyond course set texts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years