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English Literature A2 at Charles Darwin School

Course description

Great literature is about life: love, hate, death, revenge, jealousy, friendship, murder, gossip, flirtation, loyalty, betrayal, politics, crime, fate, science, art, ambition, paranoia, drams, fear, hopes, fantasy, reality. The list, of course, is endless and encompasses every area of human existence because great literature is really about the human condition: what it is to be a human being on this planet. to adapt a famous quotation: if you're bored of literature then you're bored of life! During the course of the A2 you'll study three core texts and three partner texts. You also be expected to do a lot of directed wider reading. At least two of the core texts will be pre-C20th: a novel, a Shakespeare play and some poetry. The course is examined in two units: a coursework unit that requires you to write about three different texts, some of which must be from different literary periods and genres, including poetry and prose; an open-text exam (where you have copies of the texts with you).

Entry requirements

Grade D or above in English Literature AS

Future opportunities

People with English Literature qualifications are sought after in all areas of working life because they're seen as great communicators who, because of what they've studies, can often "read" people well. English literature graduates are particularly valued in areas like advertising, marketing, human resources, law, teaching, social work.If you study English you'll develop a number of key skills ranging from communication and group work to analytical skills, research skills and organisation.

Further information

The exam board for this course is the WJEC. They're a pupil-friendly exam board who offer lots of scope for choice and allow you to make some of the decisions about partner texts in A2 coursework. More information about the exam board and the English Literature GCE can be found on their website

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charles Darwin School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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