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English Literature A Level at Burlington Danes Academy

Course description

Paper 1: Poetry Poems of the Decade and Drama A Streetcar named Desire 60%

Paper 2: Prose The Picture of Dorian Gray and Beloved 40%

Entry requirements

·At least 6 A*-B grades at GCSE including English and Maths (grades 5 and above).

· Students on this pathway will take 3 A' levels, studying linear courses for 2 years.

· Students need to achieve at least a B at GCSE in their chosen A' Level subjects, or closely related subjects (e.g. English and Science grades are used for Psychology entry. See subject-specific entry requirements)

 · Minimum of 4 B grades required not including BTEC or vocational equivalents

Key skills required to complete this course

Students need to be articulate and creative, and make informed and relevant responses to literary texts. They will need to demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts. They will look at different interpretations of texts and draw comparisons between them. 


There is no controlled assessment for this exam.

Future opportunities

During this course, we will read and discuss a broad range of texts, both past and modern classics. Through independent study, group work, oral presentations and essays, you will begin to develop your own thoughts and opinions about the texts and learn to respond with maturity and insight to any literary work that you come across.

English Literature is one of the ‘facilitating subjects’ that are the preferred subjects to gain entrance to a Russell Group University. Studying English Literature at A Level can lead to all number of paths, including Journalism, Law, Teaching, Marketing and many more. The course will equip students with a set of skills that any employer will value, and English Literature A Level is highly valued among the top Universities in the country. 

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Key tips for success

An inquisitive and creative mind is essential in the study of English Literature. Students should be reading their set texts, as well as those recommended on the reading list. This will broaden their sphere of knowledge about different genres and authors. Independent reading and study is key to success: from keeping notes in and out of lessons, to using the library and internet to broaden your knowledge of different genres, authors and historical contexts. 

Additional ways to support learning

Throughout the two years, there will be opportunities to see plays and visit locations that are relevant to the texts that we study, such as different dramatic adaptations of A Streetcar named Desire and we are also part of the Old Vic New Voices programme whereby we receive workshops and visit the theatre four times during the course of the academic year. We want you to appreciate literary texts by fitting them into the context of our world today and the world in which they were written.

English Literature A Level is both a demanding and incredibly rewarding programme of study and if you are passionate about reading and debating Literature then it is for you.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burlington Danes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2016
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