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English Literature AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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English Literature A Level has been tremendously popular over the last 12 years.  Students have appreciated the opportunity to widen their reading, think and question and discuss ideas with the aim of developing their analytical and critical skills.  Over the last 12 years, we have averaged a 98% pass rate.We have chosen AQA’s specification A as we believe it offers the best route to exam success as well as providing a stimulating and enjoyable course of study which offers assessment through both examinations and coursework.As with all A levels now, the course is split into an AS qualification, which is taken in the first year and the full A level qualification which is completed in the second year.  Each year consists of three modules, two of which lead to examinations and one which is assessed through coursework.What Will I Study?You will study a wide range of literature from the most contemporary writers, reaching back to Shakespeare and beyond.  You will read poetry, novels, short stories and drama as well as critics and other background materials (both in traditional texts and from our Literature On-Line website).  Our aim is to choose texts that are as stimulating as possible to make a course that is both exciting and academically effective.The modules are:ASThe Modern NovelShakespeare (coursework)Texts in Context (poetry and drama)A2 (A Level)Texts in Time (pre-1770 drama and pre-1900 poetry)Literacy Connections (coursework – 2 texts)Reading for Meaning (unprepared texts)How Will I Study?The emphasis is on the students taking responsibility for their own study.  It is essential for students of literature to engage actively with the texts they study.  Lessons employ a range of styles so that students’ different learning styles are all catered for.  An integral part of studying for this course, though, is discussion, which is used to encourage a questioning approach to literature with the confidence to express opinions.  In addition, there will also be opportunities to take part in role-play, drama and creative writing.Of course, private study and research is an immensely important part of your work.  You will be required to prepare in detail for lessons, as well as for units of work and you will occasionally be required to give presentations to the rest of the group.  One of the perks of the course, though, is the opportunity for lots of trips and visits, both for learning and for pleasure!So, Why Opt for English Literature?·        Because its fun, interesting and it teaches you about yourself and other people as well as developing your ability to communicate, question and think.·        It fits in well with most other choices of subjects, either in a contrasting role or as a complement to languages, humanities or arts.·        It is an excellent foundation for employment or a wide variety of degree courses.·        It will let you enjoy your love of literature in a much greater detail and depth than you have ever done before.

Entry requirements

You need at least a grade B in English and in English Literature as well as grade Cs in at least three other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wrenn Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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