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A Level English Literature at The John of Gaunt School

Course description

Building on the reading experience you have gained during your GCSE studies, this popular course will open up a world of new literature and experience. You will study some post-1990 novels as well as a range of plays and poetry. You will be able to develop expertise in a specialist study of literary genre and will be encouraged to develop your own independent reading. The course is a wonderful opportunity simply to enjoy reading and discussing high quality literature.

Course content

Unit 1
Candidates study two post-1990 novels and two poets from 1800-1945.  Section A looks at how the writer tells the story in one of the texts; with one question per text.  Section B involves comparing aspects of the writers’ methods in three texts, with a choice of two questions.

Unit 2
Candidates study at least two plays within the genre of Tragedy, one of which will be by Shakespeare.  Two pieces of written coursework of 1200-1500 words are produced.  The first will focus on an aspect of the dramatic/tragic genre with regard to a Shakespeare play, whilst the second will address an aspect of the same genre in another play.

Unit 3
Candidates develop their ideas on the significance of literary genre.  They will study at least two texts from one of the following categories: Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral.  At least one of the texts will be from 1300-1800.  Section A will focus on one text, whereas Section B will involve comparing an aspect of the chosen topic across at least two texts.

Unit 4
Candidates further develop their appreciation of literature through the study of a wide range of texts.  One of these will be a pre-released anthology of literary criticism, encouraging candidates to consider the different ways in which fiction can be received.  The first piece of coursework (1500-2000 words) will be a comparative study of two texts.  The second piece (1200-1500 words) will require candidates to apply the critical material to a literary text.

Future opportunities

English Literature is one of the most highly regarded of all A Levels and is welcomed by universities, colleges and employers. In particular it may help you if you wish to study any creative subject such as Drama or Media Studies. English, however, has always been a valued subject and this A Level will help you towards just about any career that you have in mind.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The John of Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015

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