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A Level English Literature at All Saints Catholic High School

Course description

Studying for this specification allows students to gain an understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that they can arrive at their own interpretations and become more confident readers.

This course is suitable for students who love reading and are passionate about exploring the ways writers reflect and comment on the world around them.

Course content

Unit 1 Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy

- Students will study texts such as: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, King Lear/Othello by William Shakespeare and a selection of Keats’ poetry.

- In this unit students will examine the different types of tragedy and the concepts of the tragic hero amongst other aspects of the genre.

- This unit is assessed by a closed booked examination.

Unit 2 Texts and Genres: Crime Writing/Political Writing

- Students will study three texts in total. This will include one modern novel, one pre-1900 text and a long poem or poems.

-In this unit students will examine the thematic concerns of the texts and the ways in which writers manipulate elements of the genre.

- This unit is assessed by examination.

Unit 3 Theory and Independence

- This component is designed to allow students to read widely and to choose their own texts.

- The students will study an anthology of critical essays which focus on concepts such as narrative theory, feminist theory and literary value.

- The students will write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other will be prose. They will then produce two essays between 1250-1500 words.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in English Language and GCSE Grade 5 in English Literature


Units 1 and 2 are examined

Unit 3 is assessed through coursework

Future opportunities

This course leads to a qualification which is held in high regard and facilitates access to a wide range of higher education options and a considerable number of career opportunities.

A course in English offers you the chance to acquire skills that are highly valued in the job market.You will learn to analyse complex texts, research challenging topics and present your findings cogently and persuasively, both in discussion and in writing.

Further information

Student comment:

“… The course offers a very broad range of texts to study, allowing you to really enjoy the different aspects of literature. It also offers the opportunity to be free with opinion and interpretation when discussing texts.” 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 October 2018
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