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English Literature at Chestnut Grove Academy

Course description

Exam Board: OCR

English Literature is the study of poetry, prose and drama written in the English language. It allows students to broaden their knowledge of historical, philosophical and real life issues. The course gives you an opportunity to explore literary texts in far more depth than GCSE.

WHICH SKILLS WILL YOU ACQUIRE?

·         Analysis of texts: tight language, form and structure

·         An appreciation of literature and culture

·          A richer understanding of the significance of historical contexts

·          Theoretical perspectives: Marxist, feminist, etc.

·          How to structure an essay and argument

·         Ability to marshal an argument effectively on paper.

·         Ability to write with precision, coherency and clarity of expression.

·         Ability to use secondary reading to aid and develop interpretation.

Course content

LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 1 - Poetry and drama

GRADE WEIGHTING: 60% (different exam at A Level)

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LEVEL: AS Level

UNIT: 2 - Prose

GRADE WEIGHTING: 40% (20% retaken at A Level)

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LEVEL: A Level

UNIT: 1 - Drama

GRADE WEIGHTING: 30%

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LEVEL: A Level

UNIT: 2 - Prose

GRADE WEIGHTING: 20%

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LEVEL: A Level

UNIT: 3 - Poetry

GRADE WEIGHTING: 30%

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LEVEL: A Level

UNIT: 4 - Coursework

GRADE WEIGHTING: 20%

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Entry requirements

5 A*-C passes at GCSE, preferably with grade B at GCSE in both English Lit and Lang

Assessment

100% exam at AS

80% exam at A Level/ 20% Coursework

Future opportunities

English Literature A level is highly regarded by all the top universities. Qualities of thought, understanding, perception and sensitivity, which are gained along with disciplined, yet lively, communication skills, make it a valuable asset for a wide range of careers or Higher Education courses such as English, Law, Public Administration, Journalism, Publishing, Business, Media and Teaching.

WHICH CAREER PATHWAYS EXIST AFTER STUDYING THIS SUBJECT?

·           Journalism and the media

·           Law

·           Education

·           Communications and public relations

·           Politics, civil service, police, entertainment and local government

Further information

·         Which subjects complement this course?

·           History

·           Religious studies

·           Geography

·           Modern foreign languages

·           Psychology

Contact Ms Stabler, Head of English - vstabler@chestnutgrove.wandsworth.sch.uk

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year AS followed by one year A Level, with 5 lessons per week.

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