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English Literature A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

The English Literature A-Level is a two-year course that appeals to students who love literature and want to read and explore texts in a more detailed way. 

Course content

The redesigned A-level Literature course will begin with an exploration of genre. Students will study the conventions of either tragedy or comedy, beginning with Marlowe and further dramatic and fictional texts. The written exam for this unit will take place at the end of the second year of study.
The following unit explores an additional genre: either science or society or supernatural writing. This unit will also be assessed at the end of the second year and comprise the detailed study of three texts including prose and poetry.
Finally, students will also have an element of independent coursework that will require them to study two prose texts. Students will be expected to use critical, theoretical and philosophical approaches to reading and produce one comparative essay of 2500-3000 words, referring to two texts. 
You will learn through:
  • Discussion and debate
  • Close reading of texts
  • Independent research and reading
  • Presentations
  • Small group work and tasks
  • Educational visits

Entry requirements

To study English Literature A Level, you will need 5 or more A*-C grades at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics. You will need to have achieved at least a grade of B In English Literature.
The course suits those with a love of reading and who enjoy analyzing ideas and texts.
Finally, writing is a major part of this course. For students who want to improve their thinking and writing and who are prepared to work independently, this course will be suitable. 

Future opportunities

A-Levels are the traditional path of study for students interested in furthering their education at University level, particularly those interested in studying English Literature.
This subject links well with English Language, History, Psychology and Performing Arts. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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