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English Literature A level at Woking College

Course description

This highly valued and popular academic course aims to broaden and deepen appreciation of literature through a wide range of genres and contexts. The texts studied are varied and exciting and include modern and classic novels, poetry, and drama. You will improve your critical abilities and develop your academic essay writing through careful and profound analysis of the ideas in literary texts.

Course content

Component 1 - Examination: Drama (2 hours, 15 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A: William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Section B: Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire

Component 2 - Examination: Prose (1 hour - 20%)

  • Section A: A comparative essay on Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights & Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Component 3: Examination: Poetry (2 hours, 15 minutes - 30%)

  • Section A: Selection of modern poetry from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002-2011
  • Section B: Selection of poems from English Romantic Verse

Component 4: Non-examined Assessment: Coursework (3000 words - 20%)

  • Section A: Extended comparative essay on Pat Barker, Regeneration & Siegfried Sassoon, War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon

Entry requirements

Five A*- C grades (or equivalent 4+) including at least a grade 4 in English Language.

Grade 4+ in English Literature is desirable, but not essential.


Coursework = 20%, Examination = 80%

Future opportunities

A Level English Literature can lead directly to a highly regarded Literature degree or a degree combined with other subjects (e.g. Creative Writing, Drama, History, Law, and Media).

A degree in English can also lead to a range of careers such as journalism, broadcasting, publishing, advertising and teaching.

English Literature is recognised and highly valued by Universities and Employers as a useful and rigorous subject and can therefore be the bedrock of an A Level Programme for students who go on to many careers and degrees not directly related to literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woking College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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