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English Literature A - AS/A2 at Queens Park Community School

Course description

What will I study at AS? The AS specification has 2 units: Unit 1 Texts in Context: You will study Victorian Literature Unit 2 Creative Study: You will produce a coursework folder of one prose text and one drama text based on Victorian Literature. Assessment Unit 1 Assessment is through a two hour ‘open book’ examination. The paper will consist of two sections and you will answer one question from each section. (60% of total AS marks). Unit 2 The coursework folder will consist of two pieces of work of 2000 – 2500 words in total as follows: Prose texts – either creative writing interpretation OR creative / transformational writing OR: Drama text: either place a drama text in its dramatic context or connect it to the prose text, focusing on aspects of the text, such as theme, structure or characterisation. (40% of the total AS mark) What will I study at A2? The A2 builds on the foundation laid down for AS and both widens and deepens students’ literary studies. Unit 3 Reading for Meaning The topic for this unit is “Love Through the Ages”. Your reading in the ‘Literature of Love’ should include: The three genres of prose, poetry and drama Literature written by both men and women Literature through time Some non-fiction text Unit 4 Extended essay and Shakespeare study You will study three texts, including a Shakespeare play; coursework unit which include a sustained comparative essay on either the theme of “Love Through the Ages” or a theme of your own choice. Assessment Unit 3 is assessed through a two and a half hour written examination (60% of the total A2). This is a closed book examination. Unit 4 is assessed through a 3000 word extended coursework essay (40% of the total mark).

Entry requirements

At least grade B in English Language and Literature GCSEs, good critical thinking skills, enjoyment of reading a wide variety of texts.

Future opportunities

Progression English A Level is advised for HE courses in journalism, law and the humanities subjects. It is recognised as a mark of general intellectual development and combines well with all other subjects You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queens Park Community School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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