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English Literature

The A Level qualification in English Literature will encourage you to develop your interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically. The course will give you an introduction to the traditions of English Literature. The subject will allow you to develop as a confident and reflective reader of a range of texts and you will learn to express your responses effectively through speech and writing.

You will learn to use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own responses to texts, consider other readers' interpretations and develop awareness of the contexts in which texts were written. The A Level will broaden and deepen your knowledge, skills and understanding and enable you to gain a wider sense of the scope of literary study. You will be encouraged to use your detailed knowledge and understanding of individual texts to explore comparisons and links between them, and to appreciate the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers.


Exam board:

Edexcel

Essential Entry Requirements:

Standard Sixth Form requirements

Preferred Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language

Pre-Course Material: 

This can be found here.


 

Year 1

The Supernatural Unit – Dracula and The Little Stranger
The Poetry Unit – Post-2000 Poetry Anthology
The Tragedy Unit – A Streetcar Named Desire
 

Year 2

Component 1: Drama

Students will study one Shakespeare play and one other drama from the tragedy genre.

Component 2: Prose

Students study two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900.

Component 3: Poetry

Students will prepare for responding to an unseen modern poem, through study of poetic form, meaning, language, style and study a range of poetry from a literary period.

Coursework: 20% of the qualification

Students have a free choice of two texts to study. The texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period. (2500-3000 words).

Assessment

Component 1: Drama (assessed by examination- 30% of the qualification)

In the examination two questions are to be answered; one question from Section A and one question from Section B.

Section A – Shakespeare: one essay question, incorporating ideas from wider critical reading.

Section B – Other drama: one essay question.

Component 2: Prose (assessed by examination- 20% of the qualification)

Students study two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900. Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on their studied theme.

Component 3: Poetry (assessed by examination- 30% of the qualification)

In the examination there are two sections: students answer the question on the unseen poem and one question from a choice of two on their studied text.

Section A – Unseen Poetry: one essay question on an unseen modern poem written post 2000.

Section B – Prescribed Poetry: one essay question.

Coursework: 20% of the qualification

Students have a free choice of two texts to study. The texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period. (2500-3000 words).

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Y12 theatre trip to London, which explores Shakespeare and the tragedy unit.

Additional Costs

Students will be provided with exam copies of the texts, but should invest in their own copies to make notes in.