English Literature A-Level at The Chalfonts Community College
What is this course about?
This course will appeal to those who want to extend their writing skills and develop their understanding of literature. The course will also develop your thinking and communication skills and is a useful preparation for any career. It offers study of a wide range of literary texts, from 1370 to the present day and encourages the development of practical writing skills for a variety of purposes and audiences.
What will I do on this course and how will I be assessed?
The AS-Level course runs concurrently with the A2 course.
Examination only occurring at the end of Y12
Paper 1 - 50% of the AS-Level
‘Love through the Ages’. This includes the study of one Shakespeare play and a selection of pre and post 20th century poetry. The exam is closed book - 1 hour and 30 minutes
Paper 2 - 50% of the AS-Level
Also explores ‘Love through the Ages’ focussing on the study of prose texts. This includes the comparison of pre-studied texts as well as responding analytically to unseen extracts. The exam is closed book - 1 hour and 30 minutes
The A2 course extends the themes and approaches of the AS course.
Includes two examined units and one coursework unit
Paper 1 explores - 40% of the A-Level
‘Love through the Ages’. This includes the study of one Shakespeare play, one prose texts and one poetry text (one of which myst have been written pre-1900). The exam is 3 hours, consisting of three sections including both closed book and open book questions.
Paper 2 - 40% of the A-Level
Explores ‘Texts in Shared Contexts’. The unit takes a more modern focus including the study of texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, including one poetry text, one play and one prose text. The exam is open book - 2 hours and 30 minutes, consisting of two sections.
You also have to complete an ‘Independent Critical Study’ including the comparative study of two texts, including one written before 1900.
20% of the A-Level Extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography
What do I need to get on to this course?
You should have at least Grade B GCSE in both English and English Literature. You should have an interest in more general concerns, such as social and political issues and enjoy reading in your own spare time.
To ensure success you should be prepared to read widely, be able to appraise your own writing, participate in class discussions, and pursue private studies with enthusiasm and self-discipline.
What can I expect to gain from this course and where could it lead?
AS/A2 Level English Literature can be usefully combined with many other courses and so provides entry to a variety of degree options. The course will also develop your thinking and communication skills and is a useful preparation for any career.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Chalfonts Community College directly.