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English Literature A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose English Literature?
If you enjoy reading and are interested in analysing novels, plays and poetry and discussing the ideas they raise, then you will find this course personally and academically rewarding. English Literature has long been acknowledged as an ‘academic’ A Level because it develops skills of communication in writing and speaking, promotes critical, analytical and creative thinking, encourages independence and co-operation with others, and raises your awareness and understanding of social, moral and cultural issues. It is also a great subject to do just because you love it and love reading quality literature.

The course will develop your skills of literary analysis, making you a more sensitive and intellectually aware reader of literature. There will be a particular focus on developing your understanding of a writer’s techniques and how meaning is conveyed. The study of literary theory will also teach you new ways of examining texts, such as how to apply a Marxist or feminist reading to a text. As part of your private study, you will need to be prepared to research the social, historical and cultural background of texts. We also offer you the opportunity to attend a variety of enrichment activities, including theatre visits and poetry readings.

There is the clear expectation that you will be a committed and enthusiastic reader both in and outside of lessons.

What will I study?
During your time on the course you will study at least eight texts, including:

  • at least three pre-1900 works
  • at least one Shakespeare play
  • at least one post-2000 work
  • a response to an unseen text

What can I study it with?
It is an excellent companion subject for History, Law, Geography, Economics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology and Philosophy & Ethics and any other subject requiring analysis of texts and other sources to create arguments and present interpretations supported by evidence.

Career opportunities
A facilitating subject, English Literature is highly regarded by all universities, especially Oxbridge and Russell Group universities. It opens many career paths, and is relevant to the study of everything from law and journalism to publishing and marketing.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- B, including:

Grade B in English Language, Grade B in English Literature and Grade C in Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September