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Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Horncastle






This course is designed to encourage students to read widely and independently, to explore literary texts for their own intrinsic value and to set them within their appropriate literary, cultural and historical contexts.  A willingness to read widely and to share an informed and personal response is most necessary.


The course will be delivered by two teachers, each focussing on a different part of the course. The texts studied include Hamlet, The Great Gatsby, the poetry of Christina Rossetti and a variety of other literary texts.   Students will have eleven lessons per fortnight.


The course consists of three components: ‘Drama & Poetry pre-1900’, a unit which includes a Shakespeare play, a drama text and a poetry text; ‘Comparative & Contextual Study’, a unit which focuses on a theme or time period; and ‘Literature post-1900’, which comprises two coursework essays, one comparing two literary texts and the other a close reading task.


English Literature is one of the most highly regarded qualifications at this level and is considered a ‘facilitating subject’ for entry to Russell Group universities. Students develop analytical skills that are highly sought-after by employers, and gain a nuanced understanding of the ways in which language is used. These are skills that are easily transferable between disciplines, and as a result students go on to further study in a wide variety of fields. More than this, however, it provides a valuable educational and cultural background for any ambitious student.


In order to study A level English Literature you should have gained at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

If you have any questions regarding this course please see Dr Gallivan.