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English Literature A-Level at Cromwell Community College

Course description

Do you enjoy reading? Are you willing to learn to write in new and demanding ways?Are you happy to contribute to discussions and listen to other people's ideas. Can you work independently?

If you can say yes to all of these then A level English Literature is for you.An A level in English Literature is highly regarded by universities and by employers. It will teach you to read with great skill, to write accurately and to speak with more confidence and clarity. You will learn to think clearly, you will discover much about the world and some of the great minds that have gone before you.

Course content

Over the two years of this course you will study eight texts in preparation for two pieces of coursework and two exam papers. The external examination will be taken in the summer of 2019 and the coursework will also be submitted at this time. For the coursework units, you will produce two pieces of work; one for poetry and one for a novel. For the exams, paper one will be a closed book examination: you will not have the texts with you in the examination. This paper will be entitled “Aspects of Tragedy”. You will study a Shakespeare play, a pre-1900 novel and a post 1900 play. For paper two you will be allowed to have the texts in the exam hall although they must be clean copies. This paper will be entitled “Elements of Crime in Writing”. You will study a post 1900 novel, a pre-1900 novel and a pre-1900 poem.

The texts we study are:
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
King Lear - Shakespeare

You will also study two additional texts of your own choice.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve a minimum grade 6 at GCSE.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

For further information please contact Miss L Garlick or Mr King at Cromwell Community College.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years