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English Literature AS Level at John Masefield High School

Course description

The first year of this course introduces students to the discipline of advanced literary study and requires focused study on the content, context and reception of literature. The second year extends and builds on this study and develops the skills needed to analyse, evaluate and compare literary works.

Course content

Twenty-first century poetry; modern drama. A range of exciting modern poetry is studied; the set drama text is A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Externally assessed written examination.

Prose. One pre-1900 prose text (Frankenstein by Mary Shelley) and one other prose text (The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood) are studied. Externally assessed written examination.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will need at least a B (new grade 6) in GCSE English Literature and be a very keen reader.

Future opportunities

Because of the recognition of the subject generally, students will be able to use the skills they improve in English Literature in an extensive range of careers. The development of written and verbal communication skills, the ability to use words to your advantage and to be able to think and respond analytically clearly transfers from A-Level to degree level (any subject) and a huge range of career pathways.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Masefield High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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