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English Literature A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

The course aims to develop and improve students’ ability to understand and analyse literature across all three main forms: prose, poetry and drama. For success in English Literature, students must combine a thorough knowledge of the set texts with the ability to present a reasoned and coherent line of thought. The ability to compare different writers’ styles and approaches is a key objective along with and enthusiasm for literature and wide reading.

Course content

- Students enhance their skills on close prose analysis

- Students develop a consideration of how language and structure are manipulated for effect.

- Students gain an insight into the role of context in shaping great literature.

- Students compare texts across genres and time periods.


The course is taught in modules and is assessed through a mixture of nonexamined Assessments (coursework) and Examined Assessments.

Component 1 – Shakespeare, Drama and Poetry, Pre-1900. (40% of A Level). Examination 2 hours 30 mins.

Component 2 – Comparative and contextual study. (40% of A Level) Examination 2 hours 30 mins.

Component 3 – Non-examined Assessment on Literature, Post-1900. (20%).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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