English Literature A level at Park View Community School
An A level course in English literature involves the close study of a range of texts, to include both pre-twentieth and twentieth century literature. Texts will cover all three genres: prose, poetry and drama. Students will consider them in terms of their social, cultural and historical background as well as looking critically at their language and structure. The texts are chosen to give students a breadth of experience and to provoke thought and discussion.
Students will be expected to speak rather than just to listen; to consider and debate, rather than just to accept, original writing.
The transition from GCSE to A level is difficult, because texts must be analysed in so much more depth and detail. Students require at least grade B in English literature before choosing this option in order to cope with the demands of the course.
In terms of personality, the major requirements are an open mind, self-motivation, and the ability to think and work, independently. It goes without saying that a love of books and an inclination for hard work are pre-requisites.
Students will be expected to take an active part in lessons through discussion, presentations and group work. Dramatic texts will be explored practically and there will be theatre visits.
The subject is ideal for anyone wishing to take an arts subject at university. It will also give students the skills which will be useful for any job: journalism, executive posts in industry, personnel, social services, teaching, advertising, writing, acting, publishing or librarianship.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park View Community School directly.