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English Literature at Dyson Perrins CofE Academy

Course description

The study of English Literature invites reflection about our culture, our society and our world through the reading of, and discussion about a range of texts, but it is also much more than just a cultural or historical investigation. Literature invites us to enter worlds we have not previously contemplated, and to explore the voices and concerts of those from different cultures and times to our own.

AS Level
Unit 1: Texts in Context This unit invites students to read texts which while varied in genre and form are based This unit invites students to read texts which while varied in genre and form are based around a common thematic focus: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Fiction. Students study three core texts in class and are encouraged to read widely to support their study. Issues relating to class, race, sexuality, gender and culture are considered, along with the writer’s craſt and composition.

Unit 2: Creative Study This unit allows students to explore the language, structure and form of 3 key texts: a contemporary novel, a 20th central play, and a collection of contemporary poetry. The importance of social, historical and literary context is explored, as are the varying struggles presented in the texts.
A2 Level
Unit 3: Shakespeare StudyThis unit encourages students to critically investigate a Shakespeare play, making contextual and critical links with other works in an area of study of interest to them, which is open to negotiation. Students are able to explore the impact and influence this single writer has had upon literature in English and the wider world.
Unit 4: Love through the agesLinked by a common theme, this unit invites investigation into this most common and unexplained of all human emotions through a range of literary texts from Chaucer to the present day.

Entry requirements

A willing􀂛ess to read, ex􀂞lore and discuss the tex􀂥s we read is vital to enjoy􀂙ent and success in this course, and much more impor􀂥ant than a high g􀂢ade at GCSE. However, in order to demonst􀂢ate the level of literacy required by this course, a C g􀂢ade or above in English, or joint English ang􀂧age and English Literat􀂧re is also needed. St􀂧dents need to be able to plan their ideas and write at leng􀂥h, and to sustain the st􀂧dy of a single novel or play-leng􀂥h tex􀂥 over a period of time.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dyson Perrins CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years