English Literature AS/A2 Level 3 at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School
What is the course about?
The course will involve the study of eight to ten literary texts – poetry, drama and novels written during the past 700 years. Shakespeare is likely to be the most distant writer chronologically; in contrast, at least one text will have been written since 2000. English Literature is a subject that by its nature has always required candidates to consider individual, moral, ethical, social, political, cultural and contemporary issues but, unlike previous specifications, the new syllabus also includes ‘unseen’ material which tests the autonomous reading skills of students.
For whom is the course suitable?
Prospective students should have a genuine love of literature and a readiness to engage in the extensive independent reading that is built into the course. Students will broaden their critical and analytical skills and will be encouraged to present their own insights and develop their own judgements
Teaching Methods and Homework commitment:
The teaching of English Literature centres around discussion and students are expected to take an active part in this. Lessons will take the form of teacher- led discussion, student-led discussion, presentations, essay writing skills and reading skills. Homework will be regular reading and wider independent reading along with preparing presentations and essay writing.
What could I go on to do at the end of the course?
Skills learnt in the study of English Literature are transferable to a wide range of subjects at degree level. As a core subject, English is a firm base on which to build most careers. You may decide to pursue careers in the teaching profession, publishing or the media. Yet other students use their generic skills to enter such diverse areas as government administration, law, finance and management.
Method of Study and Assessment:
A Level Course
Paper 1 – Love Through The Ages
Study of three texts: one poetry & one prose, of which one must be written pre 1900, & one Shakespeare play. The exam will include two unseen poems.
Written exam 3 hours 40% of A Level
Paper 2– Texts in Shared contexts
Choice of two options:
1.-WW1 and its aftermath
2-Modern times: Literature from 1945 to present day
A study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, of which one must be written post 2000. The exam will include an unseen extract.
Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of A Level
Independent Critical Study :Texts across Time
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one to have been written pre 1900
One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography 20% of A Level
Website URL: For more information please go to http://www.ccgrammarschool.co.uk
See Prospectus on school website for details
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School directly.