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English Literature AS & A Level at Caterham High School

Course description

During this course you will experience reading some of the most celebrated writers of prose, poetry and drama across 700 years of literature written in English, as well as writers still working today. You will study the many ways in which writers craft their work, as well as how writers are influenced by the times and cultures they emerge from and how their work can be read in a multitude of different ways. You will learn to read texts in more depth and to become a more confident and assured writer yourself. You will understand how English literature continues to reflect the concerns of our world and how it has influenced wider culture. In addition, you will be introduced to the world of literary criticism, considering how others view major works of literature.

Course content

The core content of the course will involve exploring the genre of tragedy through poetry, prose and drama, looking in detail at works by William Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy and Arthur Miller.

Entry requirements

7 GCSEs at grade A*–C including Maths. Grade B/grade 5 in either GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature: no less than a grade C/grade 4 in either.

Future opportunities

English Literature is sometimes called a ‘facilitating’ subject, since studying English Literature teaches broad skills which are useful for a wide range of degrees, rather than the specialist knowledge that comes from studying a vocational subject. English Literature at A and AS-Level is ideal for those who are considering careers in the arts, law, media and education and it is frequently a well-received qualification for entry into a wide range of courses and careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 January 2017
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