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St Thomas More

Catholic School


English Literature (A Level) - Curriculum Overview

Year 12

Year 13

Edexcel Poems of the Decade - 16 poems based on the modern world

Coursework based on Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber compared to a novel of students choice

A Streetcar Named Desire

William Shakespeare's Hamlet/Coursework

Revision of A Streetcar Named Desire

Wuthering Heights

Chaucer - The Wife of Bath/Coursework

Revision of Wuthering Heights and Mrs Dalloway

Mrs Dalloway

In depth revision of Contemporary poetry compared to unseen poetry/End of coursework

Prep for coursework The Bloody Chamber

Revision of all texts.

End of A level two-year course

English is a demanding A Level. It requires a challenging transition from GCSE to A Level studies. A love of books is essential as well as a sense of enjoyment from analysing texts.

Subject requirements at GCSE

A grade 6 in both GCSE English Language and English Literature are required in order to study English at A Level. In addition, all students sit a baseline test in September based on the work they are asked to complete over the summer break prior to them starting Year 12. 

Complementary subjects

English is well-paired with any Art and Humanities subject such as History, Geography, Media, Drama, Sociology and Psychology.  However, students have taken English in combination with an array of other subjects to develop more rounded skills.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The English department offers students a range of educational trips that help to bring studied texts to life.  Students have the opportunity to visit the Hampstead home of poet John Keats; the Yorkshire Dales, home of Emily Brontë (residential trip); and attend evenings of spoken word and poetry performances in Central London. 

Future Directions

Which university courses require English Literature A Level?

English degrees and related degrees such as Linguistics usually require English Literature.

Which university courses look favourably on English A Level?

Any essay based subject will look favourably on English A Level as it is proof that you can read complex texts and write well. Degrees might include History, Sociology, Philosophy or International Relations.

What are the entry requirements to study English at university?

English requires anywhere between A*AA and BCC.

Which careers could English A Level lead to?

Traditional paths might include Journalism, working in Government, Public Relations, Advertising or Teaching. Increasing numbers are doing Law Conversion courses to become lawyers, where their literacy skills are highly valued.