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English Literature A level at Chatham Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Students will develop a deeper understanding of literary works, exploring a variety of interpretations of texts and enhancing skills of reading, analysis and communication. Through reading prose, drama and poetry, students will learn to make independent judgements about not only style and structure but about values and attitudes and how to express them clearly and effectively. Assessment is by coursework and exams and whilst English is widely studied at university, it remains highly valued by all employers.

Course content

Unit 1 Poetry (closed book)  2 hour exam 30% of A level

Unit 2 Drama (closed book)  2 hour exam 30% of A level

Unit 3 Unseen Texts (prose and poetry)  2 hour exam 20% of A level

Unit 4 Prose Study  Coursework (2500-3500 words) 20% of A level


Course skils: 

•      Understand and respond to explicit and implicit meaning in texts.  

•      Describe and make judgements about form, structure and language.  

•      Discern and consider values and attitudes in texts.  

•      Develop informed personal responses and independent judgements based closely upon what has been read.  

•      Express clearly and effectively understanding, response and judgement. 

Entry requirements

All students must obtain five C grade passes at GCSE (a GNVQ qualification will also be considered).  In addition we expect students to have achieved a B grade at GCSE in English Literature. 


A Level English Literature qualifications have been revised by the examination boards and will be taught for the first time, from September 2016. Examination will take place in Year 13 at the end of the two year A Level course.


Future opportunities

English provides students with skills such as, analysis, synthesis and fluent verbal and written communication, all of which are highly regarded by employers, colleges and universities.  English underpins and enables learning across the curriculum.  Students of English are often successful in careers such as: Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising and Publishing amongst others.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September