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English Literature at The New Sixth Bath

Course description

This course involves reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: poetry, drama and prose. Some are set texts, used for 'close studt' and others are chosen by students themselves as part of their 'wider reading'. Ambitious to become confident literary critics, students will need to engage with research and develop links with context. By studying English Literature, students will learn to view the world around them with different eyes, developing skills of perception and critical awareness.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Texts in Context Examination. Topics include Victorian literature, World War 1 literature and the struggle for identity in modern literature.

Unit 2: Creative Study Coursework. The topics above are also included in Unit 2.

A2 Level:

Unit 3: Reading for Meaning Exam. At least three texts will be studied, preparing for a paper which will contain unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary. The topic for this unit is 'Love through the Ages'. 'Love' will include romantic love but will not be restricted to that single definition. Reading will include prose, poetry and drama, literature written by both men and women and literature through time (from Chaucer to the present day) plus some non-fiction texts.

Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare study Coursework. Three texts will be studied - any Shakespeare play, plus two texts for comparison, of any genre.

Entry requirements

Students will have a specific interest in literature already and enjoy reading for pleasure and for study. This course offers the opportunity to become a confident communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing views.

Students will have at least a grade B in GCSE English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The New Sixth Bath directly.

Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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    • The New Sixth is located at the southern gateway to the World Heritage City of Bath with beautiful views towards the Severn estuary and over Bath. Access to the Sixth Form is easy as it is on main bus routes and next to the Bath Park and Ride terminus making it an easy destination for students.