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English Literature A level (Linear) at Dereham Neatherd High School

Course description

A Level Literature involves the study of a range of texts from different genres and times. This will include Shakespearean drama, modern drama, poetry and prose. Some study will focus on texts written in or before the eighteenth century, while some will focus on texts which are more modern, including prose written in the twenty first century.

The course aims to develop students’ interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies, encouraging them to read widely and independently; engage critically with texts; develop and apply knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and explore the contexts of the texts they are reading.

Course content

AS
Paper 1 – Literary Genres – Drama (50% of AS Level)
You will study and be examined on one Shakespeare text plus one other drama text focusing either on Tragedy or Comedy (1 ½ hour examination)
Paper 2 – Literary Genres – Poetry and Prose (50% of AS Level)
You will study and be examined on one prose text, one poetry text, plus one other focusing again either on Tragedy or Comedy (1 ½ hour examination)

A2
Paper 1 – Literary Genres (40% of A Level) You will study and be examined on one Shakespeare text plus one other drama text and one further pre 20th century text focusing either on Tragedy or Comedy ( 2 ½ hour examination)
Paper 2 – Texts and Genres (40% of A Level) You will study and be examined on 3 texts: one 21st century prose text, one poetry text and one further text (one of which must be 20th century). These texts will be based on the topic of either Crime writing or Political writing (3 hour examination)
Coursework element – Theory and Independence (20% of A Level) You will study two texts - one poetry and one prose - informed by the study of a critical anthology. You will then produce two essays of 1250-1500 words, of which each one can be re-creative.

Entry requirements

Minimum BBCCC including B in English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Neatherd High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

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