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English Literature AS & A Level at Hampstead School

Course description

At A Level candidates will study a total of 6-8 texts

  • Component 1: Shakespeare, Drama and Poetry pre-1900
    Texts: The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Selected poetry by S T Coleridge and An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
  • Component 2: Comparative and Contextual Study American Literature 1880-1940
    Texts: American Literature – a comparison of The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Component 3: Close Reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary AND Comparative Essay
    Texts: Literature post-1900 (student choice) Read three texts (poetry, prose and play) and compare whatever themes, ideas and methods you wish to pursue

Entry requirements

The new entry requirement for English in 2017 - 2018 will be a ‘6’ with students with a 5 permitted if there is space in groups.

Future opportunities

Students with an A level in English Literature have a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. English Literature can be studied as a single subject at university or combined with a wide variety of other subjects. It forms an excellent basis for studying any arts-based subjects in combination with, for example, History, Philosophy, Law, Politics, Languages or Media Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 January 2017
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