English Literature A Level

English Literature A Level

English Literature A Level


Course outline:

If you enjoy reading and discussing books, this is the subject for you. We study a variety of texts, which will include novels, poetry and drama, from Shakespeare to the present day. There will be coursework elements in this course.

Course structure:

Poetry
Forward Books 2001 – 2011
The Romantics
Drama
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Prose
A pairing of pre-1900 and post 1900 novels on the theme of either the supernatural or fiction relationships.
Shakespeare
Hamlet or Othello
Coursework
A comparison between two texts of your own choosing. (20% of A Level) For example, two novels on a similar theme, such as Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Dodi Smith’s I Capture the Castle or Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea or Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations and F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby


Key Facts:

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    Examination Board

    Edexcel

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    Duration

    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs Level 4 – 9 which must include English Language
    and English Literature at Level 5 or above

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    Possible combinations:

    • Central to academic arts/humanities programmes, Ancient History Creative Writing, Critical Thinking, English Language, Philosophy
    • With BTEC National Certificate in Performing Arts (Performance)
    • With other BTEC/OCR National programmes

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    • You are encouraged to join the weekly creative writing and shared reading groups
    • Trips to the theatre to see course texts performed

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    Skills developed:

    • Awareness of language
    • Close reading
    • Creative and analytical thinking
    • Written and oral communication
    • Co-operation in groups
    • Management of individual assignments
    • Reading and reflection

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education for degree courses in English and other subjects
    • Career opportunities in advertising, print media, journalism, business, law, teaching

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    Assessment summary:

    Examinations – 80%, Coursework – 20%


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