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English Literature A level at JFS

Course description

The course   allows   students   to build on the understanding and appreciation of literary texts gained at GCSE  Level.  The students have the opportunity to respond to texts of   different   periods and genres and consequently to explore the connections between texts. There will be a focus on comparing two novels by theme, exploring how they have been shaped by historical and political contexts, as well as a focus on studying drama through exploration of genre. Students will also have the opportunity to look at a range of contemporary, post 2000 poetry.

One of the key elements that differentiate ‘A’ Level English Literature from GCSE work is, that whilst some texts are studied in detail in class, students are expected to explore others independently. Additionally, students will also be introduced to a range of critical opinions and are encouraged to develop their own critical interpretations of texts.

Students are given opportunities to share their views with fellow students and are given  guidance on how to produce structured and detailed written work.

Course content

  • Poetry post 2001
  • Pre 1900 novel
  • Drama study (comedy or tragedy)
  • Post 1900 novel study
  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry movement or named poet study

Entry requirements

The minimum course requirement for ‘A’ Level English Literature is a level 5 for both English Language and Literature at GCSE.  Students must also have a genuine interest in reading, or at least a real desire to develop such an interest.

Future opportunities

‘A’ Level English Literature prepares students for further study in a wide range of subjects e.g. Languages, Media, and Law. It is, of course, a highly valued degree subject in its own right

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JFS directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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