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English Literature A Level at Bethnal Green Academy

Course description

Paper 1A: Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy

In this unit you will study three texts culminating in a 2 hour 30 min examination at the end of year 13. This is a closed book exam. Texts studied are: Othello by William Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald and a selection of poetry. With this range of text you will be able to examine Shakespearean and contemporary tragedy; analysing the way the genre has evolved over time.

Paper 2B: Texts and Genres – Elements of Political Writing

In this unit you will study three texts culminating in a 3 hour examination at the end of year 13. This is a closed book exam. Texts studied are Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. The diverse range of texts will allow you to view political writing from a wider perspective. All these texts have issues of power and powerlessness at their core and political issues are central to each text’s structure.

Theory and Independency

This unit of study gives you the opportunity to read widely, and to choose your own texts to write about. In addition, you will explore feminism and Marxism through the critical anthology. You will write two essays based on your choice of poem and novel, with both texts linked to a different section of the critical anthology. This is an excellent opportunity for you to work independently; exploring literature you really love and are passionate about.

Entry requirements

TBC

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bethnal Green Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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