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AS/A2 English Literature *Fees payable* at Lincoln Minster School

Course description

The study of English Literature at AS and A level is both challenging and immensely rewarding. For students who enjoy reading, analysing and exploring literary texts this subject provides the opportunity to develop the necessary skills to communicate understanding and insight in a range of texts and to make meaningful connections between them. The course encourages students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender.

The AS course examines how modern writers have experimented with form, structure and language in order to test and explain how the individual makes sense of his/her place within the world. The A2 course examines how writers throughout the ages have sought to express ideas about love and relationships. Students need to be prepared to question assumptions and deal with stimulating and challenging ideas and texts.

Through extensive reading and class discussion students hone their ability to confidently articulate independent opinions and judgements. Through exploration of the interpretations of literary texts by other readers and writers, as well as their peers, they broaden their own understanding of texts and gain the confidence to argue a point of view with clarity and self-assurance. Students move towards articulating a mature understanding of the significance of differing critical positions and learn to make sophisticated judgements based upon informed consideration of various possibilities.

AS English Literature

At AS level students will explore ‘The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature’. Two novels, two drama texts and a wide range of poetry, form the basis of the wider reading for coursework and the context question part of the examination, whilst the study of Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Feminine Gospels’ provides the close reading study for the examination. Students are expected to read independently; contribute to class discussions and develop their ability to write in a focused, articulate manner with a clear sense of argument and purpose.

A2 English Literature

A level study invites students to move from a defined area of study to the whole of Literature from Chaucer to the present day. Students’ literary studies are both widened and deepened as they become autonomous readers. The topic for the A2 course is ‘Love Through the Ages’. This includes romantic love but is not restricted to that single definition. The examination requires students to comment upon, and make connections between, texts which have been previously unseen, whilst referring to their own wider reading when making comparisons and contrasts. Here is an examination which provides students with the opportunity to put their skills into practice. The coursework element of A2 involves an extended study of three texts (approximately 3000 words in length) where students are able to develop their research and drafting skills, explore differing interpretations and make meaningful comparisons.

What do you need to be successful in your study of English Literature at this level?

You need to love reading; be inquisitive about the art of writing; get excited about concepts and ideas; want to share your opinions with others and be prepared to modify your ideas in the light of further study.

Why should you study English Literature?

Apart from the fact that great Literature contains a vast range of human experience and, in investigating the thoughts, feelings and lives of others; you will learn more about yourself and the world in which you live; through analysing what makes great writing so effective you will learn to express your own thoughts more articulately, which is a great asset, regardless of the career path you choose to follow.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lincoln Minster School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years