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English Literature at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

This is an exciting course for students who enjoy reading and talking about texts, discussing themes, characterisation and the ways the authors present their ideas. You will study in detail a wide range of contemporary and traditional texts and learn to use more advanced literary analysis skills. This will involve using critical concepts and terminology, some of which you will have come across already in GCSE and others which will be new to you. You will develop your own responses to literature and also consider other readers’ interpretations. Most lessons will involve discussion and you should be prepared to offer your ideas and to listen to and build on the ideas of others. 
The aims and objectives of the A Level course in English Literature are to enable students to:  read set texts independently and read other texts that they have selected for themselves  engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them  develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation  explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them  undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen their appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions. 
The qualification requires students to study six literary texts.  Two of these have to be pre-1900 texts (including one Shakespeare play), plus one text first published or performed post-2000. Students will also study a range of unseen poetry and prose. Core texts are likely to include: 
 ‘Othello’ or ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ by William Shakespeare  AQA ‘Love through the Ages’ poetry collection   One prose text, either: ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘The Awakening’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Atonement’ or ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’  ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’  

Course content

Course Details  2 units assessed by public examination at the end of the course:  Love through the Ages (40% of final grade)  Texts in shared contexts (40% of final grade)  1 NEA coursework unit   (2,500 words) completed by students independently and marked by teacher (20% of final grade) 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Examination Board: AQA 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years