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English Literature

Course content:

Poetry: Poetry from a Literary period – e.g. T. S. Eliot, Keats

Contemporary Poetry (2000 - present): ’Poetry of the Decade’

Drama: One Shakespeare play (tragedy – e.g. Hamlet, Othello, or comedy – e.g. Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew)

Other drama: e.g. Doctor Faustus, A Streetcar Named Desire

Prose: Two texts linked by a common theme (this year we chose Dystopian fiction, so we are currently studying War of the Worlds and Never Let Me Go. Other themes include: Women & Society, Crime & Detection, The Supernatural)

Coursework: Free choice of two texts from prose, poetry, or drama



Paper 1: Drama (2 hours, 15 minutes; 30% of final grade)

Paper 2: Prose (1 hour, 15 minutes; 20% of final grade)

Paper 3: Poetry (2 hours, 15 minutes; 30% of final grade)

NEA coursework unit: (20% of final grade)


Progression into careers via:

Film, media, television, radio



Publishing and editing


Travel: journalism; charity management; advertisements


Business Management

Education and Librarianship

Performance arts – music, acting

Museum curatorship



Length of Course:  A Level: 2 years


Examination Board:   Edexcel

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