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English Literature at Eaton Bank Academy

Course description

AS Level English Literature is an engaging, extensive and enriching course that focuses on students enjoying and progressing through the study of some fantastic texts. In the first year, students experience a range of plays, poetry and novels, ranging from Khaled Hossieni’s contemporary depiction of an eye-opening Afghanistani culture in ‘The Kite Runner’ to Shakespeare’s world of Venice in his classical Tragedy, ‘Othello’, and to Thomas Hardy’s grief-stricken poetry. In the second year, students use the skills developed over AS to study Gothic Literature and are also given the freedom to study texts of their choice to enable them to respond critically in their coursework pieces.

Not only will readers enjoy this course, but so too will those interested in the people and places around them and those with an analytical mind. Those aspiring to higher education should also consider the prestige attached to an English Literature qualification at A Level. Here are some of the themes and activities you will encounter:

* We will study texts from different literary periods and genres, including Gothic literature, modern novels, poetry, plays and tragedies.
* We will read a range of texts looking at how writers use language, structure and form to achieve their effects.
* You will explore the importance of a range of significant literary features such as: narrative (how a story is constructed), characters (the structures in texts that often affect us most), the themes (ranging from power and control to appearance versus reality) and genre.
* Through this work, you will become a much better reader and be able to identify precisely, with the appropriate linguistic terminology, how a text affects its audience.
* You will have the opportunity to complete coursework to amount to 40% of your A-Level qualifications and each year will complete 2 tasks.
* You will also learn about the important contexts in which texts are constructed and how their contexts influence what writers feel compelled to write about and how readers might respond.
* Sixth Form literature students are introduced to the challenging, exciting and enriching field of literary criticism to enable them to consider new ways of interpreting texts, in the past this field of study was regarded as suitable for students at university level.

In a nutshell - English Literature is a creative and engaging course which is taught by a team of experienced and specialist teachers using a diversity of learning activities to suit all learning styles.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade C or above

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 April 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years