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A Level : English Literature A at Melton Vale Sixth Form College

Course description

The focus of this English Literature course will involve you reading texts written across widely different time periods that explore the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’.  You will also read texts written within the narrower Modern Times period: from 1945 to the present day, and you will study various texts, both singly and comparatively.

Through studying English Literature you will enjoy reading widely and independently, engage critically with a substantial body of texts and will learn ways of responding to them, develop and effectively apply knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation, explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them, deepen your appreciation and understanding of English Literature, including its changing traditions.

Course content

You will read texts written across widely different time periods that explore the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’.

You will also read texts written within the narrower Modern Times period: from 1945 to the present day.

You will study various texts, both singly and comparatively.

Entry requirements

MV16 Minimum Requirements:
To study A-Levels at MV16 you must have achieved a minimum of grade 4+ in GCSE English and Maths, plus 3 grade 6's or B's in other subject areas including any subject-specific entry requirements where stated on the individual subject pages.

English Literature - Subject-specific requirements:
In addition to the MV16 Centre requirements you will need a minimum of grade 6+ in GCSE English Literature to study GCE A-level English Literature at MV16.

 

Assessment

Paper 1: Love through the Ages - 3 hours, 40% of A-level
Section A: One passage-based question on Shakespeare’s play Othello     
Section B: One compulsory essay question on two unseen poems
Section C: One essay question (from a choice of two) linking one pre-1900 poetry to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
 

Paper 2Texts in shared contexts - 2 hrs 30 mins, 40% of A-level - Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day
Section A:  One essay question on Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire
Section B: One compulsory essay question on unseen literary prose
Section C: One essay question linking The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy to Owen Sheers’ poetry collection Skirrid Hill.
 

Extended essay: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time (2500 words), 20% of A-level
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.

Future opportunities

English Literature is a highly respected subject that is valued by universities and employers alike. As someone who will be able to think analytically and communicate with skill, your talents will be much in demand. Notable career paths include publishing, journalism, advertising, librarianship, plus media and communication roles.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Ms L Procter on 01664 504750 or email contactus@mv16.org.uk or visit our website www.mv16.org.uk.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Melton Vale Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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