English Literature A Level at Itchen College
This is a course for those who wish to explore a range of genres and texts from different times that explore some big issues about our lives and world. It is perfect alongside other A Levels and great preparation for higher education.This course is for you if...
...you love reading and want to read a variety of novels, poetry and drama.
...you want to explore how narratives and poetry work and would like to explore the dramatic genres of comedy and tragedy.
...you are looking for an A Level that will give you transferable communication skills that will help almost any other course or career.
You will follow the Edexcel specification.
Component 1: Drama
- One Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy
- Critical essays related to the selected Shakespeare play
Component 2: Prose
- Two prose texts on a chosen theme
- At least one of the prose texts will be pre-1900
Component 3: Poetry
- A selection of post-2000 poetry
- A range of poetry from either a literary period (either pre or post-1900) or a particular poet
Component 4: Coursework
- A free choice of two texts to compare
- The texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period and can be poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction
Your course will contain eight texts from the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama from a variety of periods, including a Shakespeare play.
Grades 9-4 in English and four or more GCSEs at grades 9-4 and A*-C.
80% exam 20% non-exam assessment
By choosing an English A Level, you will develop easily transferable communication skills that are also very desirable for most careers and higher education courses. English graduates enter a very wide range of careers in the media, public relations, advertising, marketing, publishing, library and information services, teaching, teaching English as a foreign language at home and abroad, the civil services, management in local government, commercial and industrial organisations, arts administration, the law, social work and many more fields.
You will have the opportunity to take part in creative writing. You will also have the chance to write and take part in a programme to be broadcast on Itchen Radio. There will be trips to museums, significant literary destinations and universities throughout the course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Itchen College directly.