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English Literature AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

English Literature is an exciting subject which should appeal to anyone who likes reading, writing and language.

During the course a variety of books will be read covering the genres of poetry, plays and novels. These texts will be read for enjoyment and then subjected to intensive questioning and analysis.

The course places particular emphasis on the consideration of genre and narrative in literary study: so students will look at story-telling in novels and poems, the dramatic genre of tragedy and pastoral literature. In the process, students’ writing and analytical skills will develop and they will be encouraged to think and express themselves creatively and with originality

Course content

AS Level

UNIT 1: POETRY AND DRAMA

  • Set texts: ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ and ‘Poems of the Decade’
  • Students will study a selection of poetry from a published poetry text. They will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning and their ability to make links and connections within their studied collection.
  • Students will also study aspects of the form of drama via one play. Students explore the use of literature and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen play. They must also be able to engage with different interpretations of the chosen drama.

UNIT 2: PROSE

Compare two prose texts, one Pre 1900 and one Post 1900. Text choices include:

  • Frankenstien, Mary Shelley
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde
  • Dracula, Bram Stoker
  • The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
  • Beloved, Toni Morrison
  • Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which must be pre-1900.
  • Literary study of both texts selected for this component should incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.

A Level

UNIT 3: DRAMA

  • Set texts: ‘A Street Car Named Desire’ and one Shakespeare play

UNIT 4: PROSE

  • Compare two prose texts, one Pre 1900 and one Post 1900. Students will continue to study aspects of drama and prose, begun at AS Level.

UNIT 5: POETRY

  • Set texts. ‘Poem of the Decade’ and a poetry collection e.g. Victorian poetry.
  • Students will study a selection of poems from two published poetry texts. They will consider the concerns and choices of modern- day poets in a selection of contemporary poems. Students will apply their knowledge of poetic form, content and meaning, and develop their skills in comparing an unseen poem with an example of student poetry.

UNIT 6: COURSEWORK (20%)

  • Free choice of two texts linked by theme, author, movement or period. Literary study of both texts should be enhanced by study of the links and connections between them, different interpretations and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature and grade C or above in English Language.

Assessment

AS Level: 100% Exam.

A- Level: 80% Exam & 20% Coursework

Future opportunities

English is one of the most popular subjects studied at university and the ability to write clearly and fluently is essential in many areas of employment.

Specific careers could include journalism, publishing, marketing, script-writing, performing arts, teaching and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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