Why should I study this course?
If you love reading, have an enquiring mind and want to expand your horizons, studying A Level English Literature will open up new worlds for you. This course is a facilitating subject at Russell Group Universities, which will enable you to gain a highly respected academic qualification, as well as gaining a wide knowledge of texts and genres which will in turn help you understand more about culture and history.
Studying and applying literary theory will also expand your insights into issues such as gender, race, class and the workings of the human mind. You will develop high order skills such as analysis and evaluation. In the second year you will be given exciting opportunities to make independent and creative coursework choices from which you will develop valuable research skills – what better preparation for university and your future career?
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What will I study?
You will study:
- A range of classic/contemporary texts: Shakespeare, drama, pre-1900 text/post 2000 texts to develop breadth and depth of study
- Explore aspects of the Tragedy and Comedy genre;
- Apply literary terminology to your reading of texts to understand form/construction of meaning;
- Critically analyse texts and applying literary criticism to texts studied, using anthologies;
- Analyse how meaning is created within texts using knowledge of structure and form to shape meaning;
- Evaluate context of production and reception in texts;
- Interpret connections between texts and their differing time periods;
- Form debates and arguments when focusing on the texts and interpret concepts and meaning;
- Have the opportunity for independent learning and choice in the coursework element of the course.
How is the course assessed?
PAPER 1 - DRAMA - WRITTEN EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, 30% OF A LEVEL, 60 MARKS
Section A – You will answer one discussion question from a choice of two on Shakespearean play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. You will explore theme, relevant contextual factors and ideas from your critical reading. (35 marks)
Section B - Other Drama – You will answer one essay question from a choice of two based on A Streetcar named Desire, exploring theme and character presentation. (25 marks)
PAPER 2 - PROSE - WRITTEN EXAMINATION 1 HOUR 15 MINUTES, 20% OF A LEVEL, 40 MARKS.
One question from a choice of two comparing pre-1900 text Tess of the D'Urbevilles and post-1900 text A Thousand Splendid Suns. The thematic focus of ‘Women and Society’ will test your ability to discuss relevant contextual factors.
PAPER 3 - POETRY - WRITTEN EXAMINATION 2 HOURS 15 MINUTES, 30% OF A LEVEL, 60 MARKS
Section A - Post 2000 specified poetry Anthology: one question from a choice of two. Both use the same unseen poem and relate to different studied poems from the Anthology.
Section B - The Romantics (1780-1830) - You will study a range of poetry by different poets belonging to the movement of The Romantics. In the exam you will answer one question from a choice of two. One poem from the collection will be specified and you choose the other to explore and discuss contextual factors.
Coursework- 20% of A level, 60 marks
- One extended comparative essay referring to two texts of your choice, linked by theme, movement, author or period. The texts may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.
What will the course prepare me for?
The course will give you a wide base of literary and interdisciplinary knowledge, developing your critical, analytical and research skills.
English Literature is essential for anyone contemplating a degree in English. This subject is especially compatible with Law, History, Psychology and Art.
As an approximate guideline, A Level subjects each require 4-5 hours.
What materials will I need to provide?
Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil a ruler, and a notepad. All reading materials and set texts are provided by the College.
How will I be taught?
Your teachers who will guide you through the texts using a variety of methods tailored to different learning styles, such as individual study, group work, quizzes, essays, discussion and presentations.
This course is for you if...
...you love reading, have an enquiring mind and want to expand your horizons. If you welcome the prospect of developing research skills, thinking independently and engaging in critical debate – this course is for you.
- Develop your critical, analytical, research and evaluating skills
- Discover old and new texts and stories
- It unlocks entry on to a wide range of university courses
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What are the course requirements?
A minimum GCSE average of 5.3 with at least five GCSEs grade 9-4, including a minimum of a 4 in GCSE English Language or Literature.
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- Good reading skills
- Flair and imagination
- A mixture of creative and analytical thinking
- A capacity for independent thinking and research