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English Literature A Level AQA spec B: Aspects of Tragedy at Grey Court School

Course description

If you love reading and enjoy discussing and writing about poetry, drama and prose,  if you want to improve your skills of critical analysis and relish interpreting texts in a variety of ways- then English Literature is for you.  A literature class is one in which every student is expected to have an opinion, be devoted to improving their writing style and have a passionate and creative outlook. 

At the core of all the set texts is a tragic hero or heroine who is flawed in some way, a character who suffers and causes suffering to others. In all the texts there is an interplay between what might be seen as villains and victims. Some tragic features will be more in evidence in some texts than in others and students will need to understand how particular aspects of the tragic genre are used and how they work in the four chosen texts.

Course content

At the core of all the set texts is a tragic hero or heroine who is flawed in some way, a character who suffers and causes suffering to others. In all the texts there is an interplay between what might be seen as villains and victims. Some tragic features will be more in evidence in some texts than in others and students will need to understand how particular aspects of the tragic genre are used and how they work in the four chosen texts:

  • Othello
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Tess of the D'Urbervilles
  • John Keats Poetry

Entry requirements

You must have a grade 6 in English language and literature

5 GCSEs at grade 9-4

A love of literature, reading and an enquiring mind. 

Assessment

The A-level will comprise of two written examinations worth 80% of the total mark and a coursework element worth 20% of the mark.

Paper 1: Literary genres: drama – closed book: Othello & Death of a Salesman

Paper 2: Literary genres: prose and poetry – open book: Tess of the d’Urbervilles and the selected poetry of John Keats

Future opportunities

There are very few careers which wouldn’t benefit from an A-Level in English Literature: a fact which is recognised by university entrance requirements. This is an extremely well-respected A-Level. English Literature is viewed as a versatile and valuable option by universities and employers. Career opportunities include: law, publishing, education, creative writing, journalism, media and marketing, medicine, politics, acting, business, Industry, commerce, travel and tourism and the list goes on.

 

Enrichment opportunities

There will be many trips and visits for A Level English literature students including theatre nights, author workshops, cinema visits, book club, poetry readings, a trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon and university lectures.

Further information

Subject combinations

English Literature tends to complement all subject combinations, which might account for why it is traditionally a very popular A-level choice.  Employers value students who can empathise and communicate well.  Moreover, there is some crossover with subjects like History and Psychology, as students often have to assess the historical contexts behind a book or the psychological motivations of characters in fiction.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: English Literature A Level

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