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English Literature - A Level at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

On this course you will study a wide range of texts from different periods and genres:
plays, novels, poetry and non-fiction. Through individual research and reading, group
work and whole class discussion, you will explore and analyse the texts. How has
the writer made you feel anger, pity or amusement? What techniques have been used
to create suspense? How did the attitudes and beliefs of the day affect the writers’
works? To help you develop your knowledge and understanding further, we organise
drama workshops, lectures with academic experts and visits to theatres, cinemas,
museums and other places linked to your course. By the end of the course your oral,
reading, writing and thinking skills will have improved significantly through the study of
English Literature.

Course content

On this course you will study a wide range of texts from different periods and genres:
plays, novels, poetry and non-fiction. Through individual research and reading, group
work and whole class discussion, you will explore and analyse the texts. How has
the writer made you feel anger, pity or amusement? What techniques have been used
to create suspense? How did the attitudes and beliefs of the day affect the writers’
works? To help you develop your knowledge and understanding further, we organise
drama workshops, lectures with academic experts and visits to theatres, cinemas,
museums and other places linked to your course. By the end of the course your oral,
reading, writing and thinking skills will have improved significantly through the study of
English Literature.

Entry requirements

This course would suit those students who enjoyed the Literature texts on their
English GCSE course. You must enjoy reading widely as well as discussing and writing about your ideas.You will need six full GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English Language.

Assessment

At AS you will be assessed by two exams at the end of academic year. Section A
of the first exam is prose fiction pre-1900 and section B of the first exam is prose
fiction post-1900 which consists of one question from a choice of two. Section A
from the second exam is poetry and consists of one question from a choice of two
whilst section B is drama; one question in two parts. At A Level you will be assessed
by three exams and a 2500-3500 word coursework folder. The first exam will have
one question on pre-1900 poetry and a question on post-1900 poetry. The second
exam will have one question on Shakespeare and one question on drama. The third
exam will have one question on unseen prose and one question on unseen poetry.

Future opportunities

A qualification in English is extremely valuable for employment in any field and for
any Higher Education course. On this course, you will develop your thinking and
communication skills to a high level which is particularly valuable for jobs within the
professions, such as Management, Teaching, Law and the Media.

Further information

Contact Name: Marion Boughton Curriculum Leader - English, MFL & ESOL
Contact Email: MBoughton@jcc.ac.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ETAS-DJE118
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
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