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English Literature

Entry Requirements

English Literature and English Language at GCSE grade 7. 

 

About This Course

This subject is a must for anyone who enjoys reading and exchanging ideas. You will study a variety of texts from Shakespeare to the modern day and will have the opportunity to examine different genres and subjects. There are lots of opportunities to discuss and debate as you develop your insight. You will be expected to undertake independent reading and research. The course will include, whenever possible, theatre trips to see performances of the texts studied.

Our A Level English Literature course is designed to build on prior knowledge from GCSE and:

  • Encourage the development of critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature.
  • Develop understanding of relationships between texts and of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.
  • Target the core skills every literature student needs to explore and understand a wide range of texts.
  • Develop the valuable transferable skills of sustained research and composition.

 

Course Content & Assessment

A Level Literature is assessed via two closed text examinations at the end of A2 (80%) and a coursework folder (20%) of approximately 3000 words not including quotations. The coursework unit comprises of a short task, typically a close analysis and one extended comparative essay.

Component 1

  • Section A: Shakespeare:  Hamlet
  • Section B: Drama & poetry pre-1900:
    • Drama text A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen*
    • Poetry: Paradise Lost, Books 9 and 10. John Milton*

Component 2

  • Section A: Close reading in a chosen topic area (Gothic Literature)
  • Section B: Comparative & contextual study in a chosen topic area (Gothic Literature). Your main texts for comparison will include:
    • The Bloody Chamber (Angela Carter)*
    • Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)*.

Coursework

Students will be required to write a critical response to a poetry unit and a comparative essay, together worth 20% of their overall grade. The texts for comparison are:

  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams)*
  • The Bell Jar (Sylvia Blath)*

 

What could this course lead to?

A Level English Literature is a highly valued qualification and prepares students for university and entry into a diversity of professions. Some of the possible career opportunities are: Barrister, Building Surveyor, Civil Service, Estate Agent, Surveyor, Journalist, Personal Assistant, Press Officer, Psychologist, RAF Officer, Retail Manager, Social Worker or Teacher.

 

* Please note that indications of texts studied for English courses are based on the current syllabus and are subject to change in the event of examination board changes & teacher expertise.

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