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English Literature at Yavneh College

Course description

Exam Body: OCR

This A Level would suit students who wish to develop their critical, analytical and creative skills. The course requires a great deal of reading - not just the compulsory texts, but also wider reading - and independent study, so students should be highly motivated and have a genuine interest in literature if they wish to pursue this option. The A2 Level provides the opportunity for very able students to undergo ‗stretch and challenge‘, giving them more control of the texts chosen for coursework and be awarded with an A* at the end of the course.


Course content

The units of study for AS Level are:

Poetry and Prose 1800-1945

This unit develops critical literary skills and greater understanding of contexts in which texts are produced. It is examined by a 2 hour examination. Texts studied* include Edward Thomas poetry and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

Literature post-1900

Students learn to compare texts and gain confidence in their use of literary critical concepts and terminology. This unit is examined by coursework. Texts studied* include The Beach by Alex Garland, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks.

The units of study for A2 Level are:

Drama & Poetry pre-1800

This unit involves critical analysis of structure, form and meaning, and consideration of others‘ interpretations. It is examined by a 2 hour examination. Texts studied* include The White Devil by John Webster, King Lear by William Shakespeare and Chaucer‘s Wife of Bath.

F664: Texts in Time

This unit allows students to fully develop research skills and synthesise their knowledge and understanding in an extended individual study of literary texts across genres. It is examined by coursework. Texts include* Poetry of Siegfried Sassoon, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Regeneration by Pat Barker.

* texts maybe subject to change

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least Grade B in both English Language and English Literature.

Future opportunities

Most careers require the ability to communicate, critically assess and analyse. As a highly regarded academic qualification, English Literature A Level provides a solid base for many higher education or career choices, such as law, teaching, the media (advertising, journalism, TV and film etc), research or the publishing industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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