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English Literature A Level at Myton School

Course description

English Literature is a two-year course for those who love reading and enjoy immersing themselves in poetry and drama as well as the novel. Reading for pleasure is a key characteristic of a successful Literature student.

You will engage with a variety of texts ranging from Chaucer to contemporary post-1990 fiction and be encouraged to share your opinions and make informed judgments about those texts. Literature can be taken as a stand alone course or as a complement to other arts-based subjects.

Course content

Component 1 Shakespeare, Drama and Poetry pre-1900

Written Exam
Texts could include a range from Christopher Marlowe to Oscar Wilde and Geoffrey Chaucer to Christina Rossetti.

Component 2 Comparative and Contextual Study

Written Exam including close reading
Themes include: American Literature 1880–1940; The Gothic; Dystopia; Women in Literature and The Immigrant Experience.

Component 3 Literature post-1900

Non-examined assessment
Study of 3 texts: Poetry, prose and drama all published post 1900. 1 text must have been published post 2000.

Task 1: Close reading or re-creative writing with commentary
Task 2: Comparative essay

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature


Component 1 and 2 together are worth 80%.
Component 3, the Non-Exam Assessment is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

You will leave the course with the ability to confidently present your independent views in written and spoken forms.

As one of the key skills taught in Literature is developing and presenting a coherent argument, the subject leads naturally into a wide variety of Post-18 options. In the past candidates have gone on to study a very broad range of subjects at university, including Law, Chemistry, and History as well as Literature, Creative Writing and Journalism.

Further information

In English Literature you may attend study days related to your texts as well as relevant theatre productions.

Recently, for example, students saw King Lear at the National Theatre, The Glass Menagerie at the Warwick Arts Centre and Dr Faustus at the Globe.

In recent years trips have included a visit to the Lake District whist studying Wordsworth and a visit to the Tate Britain to see an art exhibition of the Gothic whilst studying Frankenstein.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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