English Literature AS & A Level at Banbury Academy
The A‐Level in English Literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literary and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non‐ exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so 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 both exams and non‐exam assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.
The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:
- the study of texts within specific genres
- the study of texts through engagement with a range of theoretical ideas
- writing about texts in a number of different ways.
B grade in English Language at GCSE
B grade in English Literature at GCSE
- Aspects of Tragedy: Othello, The Great Gatsby, Death of a Salesman
2 hours 30 minutes
Written paper - closed book
40% of A Level
- Elements of political and social protest writing: Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’, The Handmaid’s Tale, Harvest/The Kite Runner
Written paper - open book
40% of A Level
- Independent study of two texts: one prose and one poetry, informed by the study of a Critical Anthology
20% of A Level
- Journalism and media careers
- Teaching careers
- Marketing, advertising and PR careers
- Publishing careers
- Civil service careers
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury Academy directly.