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Literature in English Cambridge Pre-U **FEES PAYABLE** at Marlborough College

Course description

The English Department is at the heart of the intellectual life of Marlborough College.  Situated in the atmospheric North Block adjacent to the richly endowed Memorial Library, the Department is staffed by experienced and enthusiastic specialists who share a lifelong love of literature.

Course content

The two year course begins with a two-term programme of induction, during which pupils will be introduced to key writers, literary concepts, genres, forms, styles, terminology and historical movements. A Shakespeare play, Chaucerian tale and Creative Writing will be compulsory elements of this challenging, introductory phase which is designed to broaden reading and experience of literary ideas. In the third term of the course, beaks will embark on the examined course as outlined below:

UNIT 1: Poetry and Prose (25%)

Written paper externally set and marked. Candidates answer two essay questions, each on a different text, one poetry and one prose.

UNIT 2: Drama (25%)

Written paper externally set and marked. Candidates answer two questions, one of which will be on a Shakespeare play.

UNIT 3: Comment and Analysis (Unseen) (25%)

Written paper externally set and marked. Practical criticism; candidates answer two questions each requiring a response to a previously unseen passage.

UNIT 4: Personal Investigation (25%)

Externally assessed coursework. One essay of between 3000 and 3500 words will be required; the title and scope of the essay must be individual to the candidate and will be approved by the Board before the essay is written in the Michaelmas Term.

Future opportunities

An English at University course for interested Lower Sixth formers provides a taste of the wider academic subject discipline, advising on the preparation of a UCAS Personal Statement, and preparing those wishing to try for Oxbridge entry in English. We encourage contact with OMs studying English courses in universities across Britain and North America, an experience worth far more than a prospectus entry. We welcome news from OMs studying, writing, acting, producing, and teaching.

Further information

As a Department we enthusiastically offer a wide range of co-curricular English activities, many of which are also open to students not actually following an English course in the Upper School. These include regular meetings of Contemporary Book Group and the Retro Book Group (the latter rediscovering authors who were once well-known, but who perhaps have fallen into relative and undeserved obscurity), Twentieth Century Drama Group, the Shakespeare Society, which meets once a term to read through an entire play, the Poetry Society, which hosts a series of readings by well-known and up-and-coming poets, the Literary Society, and many theatre visits. We have regular visits from writers of all kinds, and work with the town’s annual LitFest, hosting at least one major event from this festival at the College.  

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Marlborough College directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016
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