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Course Information

English Literature 2020/2022


This course is designed to enable students to become confident and reflective readers and is a fantastic way to fuel a passion for literature. Students learn to use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination. They are encouraged to reflect on their own responses to texts, consider interpretations by other readers and develop awareness of the contexts in which texts were written. Using detailed knowledge and understanding of individual texts, students will explore comparisons and links between them, appreciating the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers.

A variety of study methods are used, and we encourage students to be active participants. The non-examination assessment is an opportunity to follow personal interests and passions. It promotes the skills needed for independent study at University level in a supportive environment. This course requires an enjoyment of reading and the curiosity to explore beyond the set texts.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: English Literature A Level
Qualification Specification Code: 9ET0
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements plus applicants wishing to study A Level English Literature must have attained at least a grade 5 in English Literature or English Language at GCSE.

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
•Component 1: Drama
•Component 2: Prose
•Component 3: Poetry
•Non-Examination Assessment

Possible Career Paths

A Level English Literature opens up wide and varied pathways for your future. You may choose to undertake an English Literature degree or study for careers in law, journalism, teaching, public relations, advertising, social work, the civil service, theatre, film or writing.

A level English Literature supports all careers where spoken and written communication skills are important. In addition, the subject develops critical thinking skills and the ability to craft evidence-based independent opinions and judgements. It is therefore extremely helpful for a wide range of careers, both vocational and practical. This is the most appropriate course to take for students who are considering further study of English Literature at university.

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Fry, Mrs Keyworth, Mrs Guerrini

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