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English Literature (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This subject offers you the opportunity to read and respond to a range of literature in a number of ways.

We place great emphasis on student involvement in reading a text, with the aim of encouraging you to make well-informed, personal responses as a result of close study.

Course content

AS Level

Exam

A closed book exam analysing a drama text and poetry.  An open book exam comparing two prose set texts and analysing an unseen prose extract.

A Level

Exam

A two open exams analysing a drama text, a prose text and poetry.

Coursework

You will write a comparative essay on two texts, considering a range of critical and analytical methods.

Visits

We arrange trips to theatre productions, and from time to time you will have the opportunity to attend English courses and conferences outside the college.

New College has a varied range of productions in the Phoenix Theatre – every two weeks throughout the year.

Entry requirements

YOU SHOULD HAVE A GCSE GRADE B OR ABOVE (OR EQUIVALENT) IN BOTH ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE

English Literature places great emphasis on wide and independent reading.  You will of course be given guidance on what to read, but you should not take this course unless you can:

  • spend several hours per week on your personal reading
  • work under supervision on coursework that will require close preparatory reading and redrafting

Future opportunities

English Literature is a subject which combines well with any other subject you may wish to choose, and it is a valuable training for many careers and Higher Education courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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