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English Literature A level *Fees payable* at Thetford Grammar School

Course description

English Literature is central to our heritage and culture and students who study literary texts add to their knowledge of our history. In addition, English Literature trains students to think creatively and make connections between the main ideas of a text and the universal themes that affect us all.

English Literature is offered at AS and A-level. Pupils are encouraged to produce informed, independent opinions and judgements through a wide-ranging study of the great works of English Literature.  Pupils have the opportunity to study a rich variety of authors, from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller, from Chaucer to Simon Armitage. They are encouraged to take an active part in drama productions and to produce poems, plays and stories of their own.

Not only is A Level English Literature an enjoyable and stimulating course in itself, it is also extremely useful in terms of university courses and future careers. The subject is accepted by universities as an excellent foundation for a wide range of courses. A Level English Literature is a great benefit in careers such as journalism, law, politics, teaching and the media. Indeed, its emphasis on independent thinking, critical analysis and clear communication ensures that it would be of value in most careers.

Course content

AQA Specification B

AS Level: There are two units at AS level and we study six texts.

Unit One: Aspects of Narrative.
In this unit, we study 2 novels from the following list:
Khaled Hosseini - The Kite Runner
Ian McEwan - Enduring Love
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice

We will also study two of these poets: Browning, Coleridge and Keats

Unit Two: Dramatic Genres (Coursework)
In this unit, we study two plays within the dramatic genre of comedy and then write an essay on each play. At least one of the plays must be Shakespeare.

A2 Level: There are two units at A2 and we study six texts.

Unit Three: Texts and Genres.
Here, we will study 3 texts from the Gothic genre. The choices of texts include:
Christopher Marlowe - Dr Faustus
Thomas Middleton - The Changeling
Mary Shelley - Frankenstein
Jane Austen - Northanger Abbey
Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

Unit Four: Independent Reading (Coursework)
In this unit, we study 3 texts, one of which will be a pre-released anthology. The coursework portfolio consists of two essays.
1. A comparative study of an aspect of two novels of the candidates own choice.
2. The application of critical ideas taken from the pre-released anthology and applied to a text of the candidate’s own choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thetford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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