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English Literature - A Level at Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

Course description

Component 1: Drama and Poetry pre-1900 Examination.

There are two sections in this examination. The first section consists of a two-part question on Shakespeare: the first part is focused on an extract from a play and the second part is focused on wider knowledge of the play as a whole. In the second section, candidates apply a knowledge of one drama text and one poetry text to a general literary question.

Component 2: Comparative and Contextual Study Examination.

There are two sections in this examination. The first section consists of close reading (an unseen text) and the second is a comparative essay on set prose texts. The paper will be split into different topic areas such as American Literature, The Gothic, Dystopian Fiction, Women in Literature and the Immigrant Experience. Students study from a list of core and suggested set texts for one topic area.

Component 3: Non-Examined Assessment (Coursework): Post 1900 Literature.

Candidates are required to study three texts from across the genres of poetry, drama and prose. Task One offers a choice between a critical piece and a re-creative piece with a commentary. Task Two is a ‘linked texts’ essay focusing on connections and comparisons between two texts

Entry requirements

5 in English Language AND Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Katharine Lady Berkeley's School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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