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English Literature A level at The Compton School

Course description

Great writers have helped to shape the minds of future generations for centuries. Not only will an A-Level in English Literature broaden your understanding of the written word, but it will help you to develop your personal viewpoint, promote independent thought and it will challenge your perceptions and how you view the world.

Over the two year course, students will be exposed to a breadth of authors, ranging from pre-1900 writers such as William Shakespeare and Emily Brontë, to the work of contemporary writers, like Ian McEwan and Pat Barker. The course covers poetry, prose and drama and assessment of the course combines both coursework and examination. This is complemented by student presentations, research projects, debates, lectures and creative writing opportunities. In addition, the curriculum is enriched through trips to the theatre and literary events. Not only will you develop your understanding of how writers shape their language and your close analysis skills, but you will leave the two year course with a life-long love of reading, creativity in writing and a passion for literature as a subject.

English Literature students should be avid readers, not just of the core texts; they should read independently and widely in their own time. Lessons will involve both individual and group work and students are encouraged to develop oral skills through debate and discussion.

Course content

Paper One: Love through the Ages – study of 3 texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Assessed by a written examination (40% of A-Level).

Paper Two: Texts in Shared Contexts – explores literature arising out of World War One, but allows students to also reflect on the full impact of war up to the present day. Assessed by written examination (40% of A-Level).

Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time – comparative critical study of 2 texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. Assessed by 1 extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography (20% of A-Level).

Entry requirements

GCSE Literature, grade B.

Future opportunities

An English Literature A-Level student will leave the two year course with broad academic abilities and strong written skills, as well as an ability to form your own individual opinions; you will leave this course as a selfreflective person and with a better sense of your own personal tastes and interests. Future studies within the field of English at university are well suited to this course. Moreover, an English Literature A-Level qualification also complements many other career paths, such as Advertising, Law, Journalism, writing, The Civil Service and Education

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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