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English Literature A level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

Module 1 - Aspects of Narrative: You will learn to read literary texts for deeper levels of meaning. You will study four texts: two novels post 1990 and two poetry tests 1800-1945. Exam preparation will involve close analysis of narrative methods and comparing narrative approaches across three texts. You will be assessed on your ability to establish connections and comparisons between different literary texts informed by interpretations of other readers. It is vital to have a passion for literature and be able to articulate creative responses to literary texts and analyse the ways in which structure, form and language shape meaning.
(30% of A Level grade)
 
Module 2 - Dramatic Genres: This module is an exploration of the dramatic genre of comedy. You will study two plays, including one Shakespeare text and produce two pieces of coursework, each of 1200-1500 words. There will be study of different interpretations of a text and you must develop an ability to produce creative response to texts, making detailed references to structure, form and language. (20% of A Level grade)
  
A2 Module 3 - Texts & Genres: This unit is a study of Gothic and Pastoral Literature. You will study at least three texts from these genres and demonstrate an ability to analyse, interpret and draw comparisons between texts. You will understand the history and conventions of these genres and explore relevant contextual issues. This module is assessed by examination, you will have a choice of questions and will answer one for each genre studied. (30% of A Level grade)
 
A2 Module 4 - Further and Independent Reading: An ability to compare texts is a must for this unit. You will study a number of texts, including an anthology of pre-release material. You must possess independent study and enquiry skills to thrive in this unit as you must discover your own texts that are suitable for comparison in consultation with your teacher. You will be assessed over two pieces of coursework. (20% of A Level grade)

Assessment

A combination of examination and coursework 

Future opportunities

English Literature A Level teaches you about texts as cultural artefacts. Obviously, you can progress into any degree course involving English Literature. It is also useful background for history or any of the other social sciences. You learn quick analysis of unseen material so you would be well prepared for any career where you have to be aware of and sensitive to different types of information. You will improve your reading skills and your ability to skim, scan and summarise. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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