A Level English Literature

Course Description 

Areas covered within the specification:

  • Drama: one Shakespeare play and one other drama (current texts: Macbeth  and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams); critical essays related to the selected Shakespeare play.
  • Prose:  two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts will be pre-1900 (current texts: The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood).
  • Poetry: a specified selection of post-2000 poetry; a selection of poems from a specific literary period (current texts: Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011; Metaphysical Poetry).
  • Non-examination assessment (coursework): an extended comparative essay of 2500 to 3000 words referring to two texts (current texts: Dracula by Bram Stoker and The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter).

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Methods of delivery:

A mixture of teacher led sessions and independent learning.

Homework expectations

As well as regular essays, students will also be expected to undertake extensive wider reading around their texts and to keep detailed notes of their research.

Trips / Visits

Trips are arranged to see current productions of prescribed texts whenever feasible.