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English Literature A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

Skills developed during the course:

  • Explore and analyse novels, drama and poetry and evaluate their impact.
  • Apply theory to literature.
  • Appreciate the heart of literature and the aesthetic qualities of texts. 
  • Recognise the importance and relevance of literature.
  • Explore how Literature examines humanity and what it means to exist.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1 – Poetry & Drama. 2hrs, 72 marks. (60%) 

  • Play - A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Poetry - Anthology

Paper 2 – Prose. 1hr, 44 marks. (40%)

  • Novels - Beloved & The picture of Dorian Gray

A2 Level

Paper 1 – Drama. 2.hrs 15 minutes, 60 marks (30% of total A-Level) 

  • Play— A Streetcar Named Desire & Othello

Paper 2 – Prose. 1hr, 40 marks. (20%) 

  • Novels - Beloved & The picture of Dorian Gray

Paper 3 – Poetry. 2hr 15 minutes, 60 marks. (30%) 

  • Pre 1900 poetry
  • Post 2000 poetry
  • Unseen poetry

Coursework—20%

  • Extended essay on 1984 & A Handmaid’s Tale.
  • 3000 words comparing the two novels

Entry requirements

B Grade in English and English Literature.

Assessment

AS Level

  • Paper 1 – Poetry & Drama. 2hrs, 72 marks. (60%) 
  • Paper 2 – Prose. 1hr, 44 marks. (40%)

A2 Level

  • Paper 1 – Drama. 2.hrs 15 minutes, 60 marks (30% of total A-Level)
  • Paper 2 – Prose. 1hr, 40 marks. (20%) 
  • Paper 3 – Poetry. 2hr 15 minutes, 60 marks. (30%) 

Coursework—20% 

Future opportunities

English Literature is an excellent companion to most A level subjects, especially those Arts based.

Students who have studied English A level often go on to study English, Law, Journalism or Media at degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2016
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