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English Literature A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

What attracts you to an Advanced Level English course?  Do you like reading - sorting out your own ideas about books - joining in discussion - finding out more about people and ideas through literature?  English in the Sixth Form gives you a chance to appreciate literature rather than simply study 'set books'.  The study of English Literature will also provide you with lifelong critical reading skills.

Course content

AS level English Literature

The first year of the course involves the study of 'Aspects of Narrative'.  Students are encouraged to explore different readings of texts from a selection of two novels and a range of poetry.  Possible texts for study are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks and poetry by Samuel Coleridge and Alfred Tennyson.  Students will also complete two short pieces of coursework on the tragic genre, which will include the study of a play by Shakespeare.

A2 Level English Literature

The second year of the new course offers an exploration of the Gothic genre with text choices being Shakespeare's Macbeth, The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, The Pardoner's Tale by Chaucer and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  There is also a coursework unit focussed on critical approaches to students' wider reading.

Entry requirements

There are three essentials for enjoying and succeeding in the course:

  • Willingness to develop independent critical judgement through personal reading
  • Willingness to read around texts and research issues of historical and cultural context
  • Willingness to see the study of literature as an exchange of views and ideas

In addition, it is necessary to have obtained at least two Bs for your GCSE examinations in English Language and English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blackheath High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September