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English Literature A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

You love reading and have enjoyed studying texts in depth for GCSE. You want to learn more about the process of writing, how diff erent texts ‘work’ and how writers from diff erent eras develop their themes and styles. You will have the commitment to read widely and explore the authors and their work in detail. You enjoy discussing issues and can write well.

Course content

Four units:

  • Drama
  • Prose
  • Poetry
  • Coursework

Drama

  1. Shakespeare play – Hamlet
  2. “Other” drama – The Importance of Being Earnest
  3. Critical Anthology about Shakespeare’s Tragedy

Assessment

  • Written exam: two hours 15 minutes
  • Open book
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of A-level

Prose

Two texts on a chosen theme: Childhood: 

  1. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  2. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Assessment

  • Written exam: one hour
  • Open book
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A-level

Poetry

Study of two texts:

  1. The Poems of the Decade: Anthology of Poetry published post 2000
  2. Modernist poetry

Assessment:

  • Written exam – 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Open book
  • 60 marks
  • 30% of A-level

Coursework

  • Students have free choice of two texts to study
  • Students write one comparative essay referring to their two texts
  • Advisory word count 2500-3000 words

Entry requirements

Good grades (A or B) in English Language or Literature at GCSE. It is not essential to have studied Literature.

Assessment

The current plan for the new linear A-levels is that students at HCC will take an AS level in their subjects at the end of year twelve. This is a separate, stand-alone qualifi cation which does not contribute to the marks or the assessment for the full A-level. However, all of the texts studied and assessed for the AS level are in the full A-level examinations.

AS UNITS

Poetry and Drama Two texts:

  1. The Poems of the Decade: Anthology of Poetry published post 2000
  2. The Importance of Being Earnest

Assessment:

  • Written exam: one hour
  • Open book
  • 72 marks
  • 60% of AS level

Prose

Two texts on a chosen theme: Childhood:

  1. Hard Times – Charles Dickens
  2. The Color Purple – Alice Walker

Assessment:

  • Written exam: one hour
  • Open book
  • 44 marks
  • 40% of AS level

Future opportunities

In addition to leading to undergraduate courses in English and English Literature, English A-Level is very highly regarded as a key qualifi cation for a very wide range of careers and other University courses. If you are considering applying to do any course at one of the Russell Group of universities, you would be best advised to take English Literature rather than English Language and Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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