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English Literature AS Level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

This course is a great choice for you if...
- You enjoy reading... and perhaps even read independently for pleasure!
- You take pleasure in discussing texts and listening to other interpretations.
- You like exploring ideas through writing.
- You plan to go on to study English Literature at University.
- You enjoy getting to grips with the big questions, concepts, psychology, philosophy, society, language, human nature.

Course content

This coherent specification has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject. The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways: the study of literature within a specific genre the study of various texts, chosen from a set text list writing about texts in a number of different ways. Genre study is at the heart of English Literature B and the two broad genres available for study are tragedy and comedy. .

Entry requirements

GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language.


Paper 1- Literary Genres: Drama Choice of two options
Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 1B: Aspects of comedy closed book - 50 marks (50% of AS level)
Section A: one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)
Section B: one essay question on a drama set text (25 marks)

Paper 2- Literary Genres: Poetry and Prose
Choice of two options
Option 2A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 2B: Aspects of comedy open book - 50 marks (50% of AS level)
Section A: one essay question on poetry set text (25 marks)
Section B: one essay question on prose set text(25 marks)

Future opportunities

The variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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