Entry Requirements - 2018 -2020
GCSE grade 5 in English Language
GCSE grade 5 in English Literature
Students will study eight texts at A Level and develop the ability to analyse and evaluate what they have read whilst honing their own communication skills.
A Level Unit One: Drama (Examination 30% weighting)
Section A: Shakespeare – One essay question from a choice of two on a Shakespeare play.
Section B: Other Drama – One essay question from a choice of two on a modern drama.
A Level Unit Two: Prose (Examination 20% weighting)
One comparative essay question from a choice of two on crime fiction.
A Level Unit Three: Poetry (Examination 30% weighting)
Section A: Contemporary Poetry – One comparative essay from a choice of two on an unseen poem written post-2000 and a named poem from Poems of the Decade.
Section B: Poetry Collections – One essay question from a choice of two on a collection of pre-1900 poetry.
Coursework (20% weighting)
One extended comparative essay on two texts. Here students are given considerable independence.
A Level English requires a candidate to use high level analytical skills and apply them to various written texts. A traditional A Level, it is well regarded by all universities and is an excellent preparation for any Arts based degree. Ultimately English Literature is an excellent subject for those considering future careers such as journalism, law, teaching or the Civil Service.