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English Literature AS A2 at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Course description

This course is for students who enjoy reading and who want the challenge of analysing texts in detail. The first three weeks is a foundation course as an introduction to new techniques required for 'AS' textual study. Students must be prepared to take part in discussions. Lessons are varied, but their success often depends on students' prior preparation. Personal opinion is valued as much as the ability to analyse. There will also be the opportunity for theatre visits.

Course content

At AS level, Unit 1 (Aspects of Narrative) introduces candidates to the central position of narrative in how texts work. Four texts must be studied from pre-1990 prose, post-1990 prose and poetry 1800-1945, eg 'Birdsong' by Sebastian Faulks, 'The Kite Runner' by Khaled Hosseini, poetry by Browning and Rossetti.

Knowledge and understanding is tested in a two hour open book examination.

Unit 2 of the AS course focuses on the dramatic genre of tragedy. Two plays are studied, at least one of which must be written by Shakespeare, eg 'Othello' and 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller. These texts are tested through a portfolio of two pieces of written coursework.

Students develop their ideas further on the A2 course by studying six more texts. Three of these texts are for Unit 3 (Texts and Genres). Candidates will study either Elements of the Gothic (eg 'The Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster or 'Frankenstein' by Mary Shelley), or Elements of the Pastoral (eg Poetry by William Blake or 'Far from the Madding Crowd' by Thomas Hardy). Assessment is by a two hour closed book examination.

Entry requirements

C grade in English Language and to have studied English Literature


AS 60% exam, 40 % coursework

A2 60% exam, 40 % coursework

Further information

All courses are subject to change. You are advised to contact Kettering Buccleuch Academy directly to check courses are still running.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kettering Buccleuch Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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