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English Literature A-Level at Coppice Performing Arts School

Course description

The course encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. English Literature privileges the process of making autonomous meaning, encouraging students to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses.

The course is designed to deepen the understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the English Language through a study of a wide range of texts taken from the English Literary Heritage. Students also explore the way that speech works through a study of spontaneous and planned talk.

There is also a creative element to the course, with the opportunity to write imaginatively for a set audience and purpose.

Assessments:

Paper 1: Love through the ages

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • 40% of A-level

Section A – Shakespeare

Section B – Unseen poetry

Section C – Comparing texts.

Students study a range of poetry, drama and prose for this examination

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A-level

Section A: One essay question on a set text

Section B: Contextual linking.

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA
  • 20% of A-level

Students complete a comparative study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for Level 3 study is 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics; these should be in at least 4 different subjects. You will receive guidance about which pathway will be most suited to your needs which will be based on your anticipated GCSE Point Score. If you have a higher Point Score you will be encouraged to take a more academic route and if your Point Score is lower you may wish to choose a more vocational pathway. However, these options will be discussed in your admission interview. 

Specific entry requirements:

Grade B or above in English Language and Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coppice Performing Arts School directly.

Last updated date: 09 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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