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What will I study in A Level English?

In the Sixth Form, we offer English literature A level.

We do the Edexcel syllabus, which offers a fantastic and enjoyable range of texts. The course has four components: a drama exam, a prose exam, a poetry exam and coursework. For the drama component, students will learn about aspects of comedy and tragedy by studying Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. The prose exam asks you to compare and contrast two novels, Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, around the key theme of the supernatural. Poetry consists of studying in depth two anthologies: one on contemporary poetry (2002-2012) and another on modern poetry (1900-1950). The coursework, which is 20% of the final grade, is a 3000-word comparison of two texts of the student’s choice – helping to foster the sense of academic independence and critical depth necessary for university study.