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Level 3

English Literature A-level


The course is designed to offer opportunities to explore English Literature through time, across different types of literature and writing styles and to encourage the development of wide and close reading skills and independent judgement. The course focuses on studying two drama texts, one modern and one Shakespeare play which will be studied in relation to critical writing. The prose study involves exploring two novels on a specific theme. For the poetry, students will study an anthology of modern poetry (post- 2000) and a named poet or literary period. There will be a focus on different ways texts can be read, connected and written about with a strong element of independent reading and thinking. Responses to literary texts will take the form of analytical essays. A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used during the course. Formal lessons are combined with discussion, group work, task- based learning and research activities. It is also expected that students will work independently outside lessons, completing a range of tasks and activities in an Independent Study pack. 1:1 support is available to all students.


You need a minimum of five GCSEs at 9-4, including grade 4 in English Language, grade 5 in English Literature and grade 4 in Maths. You need to be able to read and write accurately so that you can explore your ideas and interpretations of texts. You should also have a love of reading.


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