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English Literature A level at Walton High

Course description

By studying English Literature, you enter an exciting world where imagination and creativity are paramount. Through the study of a wide range of texts, students will be encouraged to develop their interest and enjoyment in literary studies. Reading is an essential part of the course and all students are encouraged to develop an active, critical approach to texts. Students will be encouraged to reflect on how they read as well as what they read. Close reading of coursework and examination texts remains central but this is the beginning and not the end of the process. Students will be encouraged to develop their own tastes by exploring a wide range of texts from different genres and styles. Critical opinions and judgements are encouraged, if not demanded, by the course.

English Literature is at the centre of the Arts and can be complemented by many other subjects such as History, Modern Languages and Performing Arts.

Course content

Unit 1 Love through the Ages: The aim of this topic area is to encourage students to explore aspects of central literary theme as seen over time, using unseen material and set texts. Students should be prepared for Love through the Ages by reading widely in the topic area, reading texts from a range of authors and times. The unit is assessed through two written examinations. Students will study the following texts:

  • Othello by Shakespeare
  • The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
  • AQA Anthology of love poetry (pre-1900) by various authors

Unit 2: Texts in Shared Contexts-Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to Present Day: The aim of this topic area is to encourage students to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time. This unit is assessed through written examinations. Students will study the following texts:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
  • A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams
  • Feminine Gospels Carol Ann Duffy

Unit 3: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time: This course work unit is assessed through a comparative critical study of two texts, one of which will be:

  • The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman

 

Entry requirements

8 GCSEs (A*-C) or above, including Maths and a grade B in English or English Literature. A commitment to and enjoyment of reading are prerequisites and will be presumed of every student who is enrolled on the course.

Assessment

Unit 1 Love through the Ages: Written examination

Unit 2 Texts in Shared Context–Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day: Written Examination

Unit 3 Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time : One 2500 word coursework

Future opportunities

A qualification in English Literature can lead to a wide range of opportunities in the Arts, Humanities and Communication at degree level. As a subject that emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication as well as an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas, English Literature is welcomed as a qualification for many courses and careers.

Further information

As part of the course, we visit the theatre to see plays we are studying and works by authors we encounter. There is also the opportunity to join our English Literature Society. Conferences aimed at Post-16 students and opportunities to hear modern authors and discuss their work will form part of our course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Walton High directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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