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English Literature A Level at Oasis Academy Shirley Park

Course description

The aim of this course is to encourage students to develop an interest in and enjoyment of a wide range of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender. The course offers a clear philosophy of reading critically and places an emphasis on encouraging students to be independent readers through a course of wide and close reading.

At AS level students will consider how readers’ responses are shaped by the context, by writers’ choice and by other readers’ interpretations. The A2 course both widens and deepens students’ literary studies by moving from a defined area of study to the whole of English Literature from Chaucer to the present day and developing the informed autonomous reader by providing maximum opportunities for choice and the development of students’ own interests.

Entry requirements

Minimum GSCE grade B in English Language and English Literature


The course is assessed by examination only in June.

AS Level: Love Through the Ages
Paper 1: Shakespeare and Poetry
This unit involves the close study of one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages.

Assessment: 1 hour 30 minutes exam – closed book

Paper 2: Prose
In this unit, candidates will study and compare two set prose texts and a number of unseen prose passages.
Assessment: 1 hours 30 minutes exam – open book

A-Level: Love through the Ages and Texts in Shared Contexts

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages
Students will study three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. They will also study a range of poetry in preparation for a question on two unseen poems in the exam.

Assessment: 3 hour exam – combination of open and closed book

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts – Modern Times
This unit will encourage students to reflect on how attitudes, themes and ideas have changed in the modern world by studying one prose text, one poetry collection and one drama as well as a range of extracts from prose, poetry and drama.

Assessment: 2 hour 30 minutes exam – open book

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: texts across time
Students write an essay in which they critically compare two texts across time.

Assessment: 2,500 word essay and bibliography

Future opportunities

Studying English Literature opens up a wide range of career opportunities including journalism, teaching, law and media. This course also develops communication and critical thinking skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Shirley Park directly.

Last updated date: 13 April 2017
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