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English Literature A level at Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

The course is designed to deepen learners' interest and enjoyment of English Literature. Students will study a diverse range of Literature spanning pre to post 1900.  The AS qualification can be taught independently OR alongside the first year of the A level.  The course is linear and all assessment is done at the end of the course.  The AS course lasts for one year and is examined at the end of that year.  There is no coursework.  A2 is a two year course which comprises of a coursework element and two exams at the end of two years.  OCR has developed the AS and A level qualifications in English Literature to ensure that they are entirely co-teachable.  It would be possible to examine AS at the end of the first year and then transfer to the A2 for the second year.  The grades will not combine to form a final grade; the AS is an independent grade.  The A2 exams are entirely separate from the AS exams.  The range of Literature on offer for study crosses over both qualifications so it would be possible having done the AS to take up the second year study of A2.  

Course content

You will study 8 texts at A level.  Some set texts on offer include: Hamlet; Richard III; The Tempest; Webster’s Duchess of Malfi; Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; Milton’s Paradise Lost; Poetry of Tennyson; Coleridge or Christina Rossetti; The Great Gatsby; The Handmaid’s Tale; Sense and Sensibility; A Streetcar Named Desire; Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Entry requirements

All Level 3 students must have 5 separate GCSE passes (A*-C), including English Language and Maths.  

Grade B in English Language (Grade B in Literature will be considered)

Future opportunities

·     Journalism

·     Media or Advertising

·     TV and film work

·     Teaching

·     Administration

·     Social Services

·     Management

·     Research

·     Legal profession

·     MA

·     PhD

·     Literary Critic

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Benedict, A Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 July 2015
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