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English Literature A Level at Carlisle College

Course description

If you like reading, and talking about the books you have read and the ideas they raise, then this course is for you. You will develop your analytical skills, learn to support or debate an interpretation effectively, and consider some of the fundamental questions that literature asks us. You will also improve your essay-writing and presenting, skills which will be valuable to you whatever future path you take. You will learn through independent research, lectures, seminars and discussion, and gain skills which will equip you well for the world of work and university study.

Course content

Paper 1: Love through the ages

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems.

Paper 2: Texts in a shared context

Choice of two options:

Option 2A: WW1 and its afternath

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

Examination will include an unseen extract.

Entry requirements

Students would need to have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE's at grades A* - C to include a B in English Language and Literature or Scottish equivalent.


Your work will be assessed as follows:

  • Course Work
  • Examination

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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