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English Literature A Level at Cotswold Edge Sixth Form

Course description

If you are a lover of books then this is the course for you! As a student of English literature you will learn to think analytically and to read critically. You will have to deal with a large amount of written text and demonstrate initiative and responsibility for your learning. The course will be taught through group and individual presentations, class discussion and tutorials with your teacher, particularly for coursework. In addition, you will need to spend homework time preparing for lessons by reading set texts and researching around the subject.

To be successful, you will need to enjoy reading and the study of literature, and be prepared to read widely outside the course requirements. You will be expected to contribute to group discussion and to focus on developing written expression. Participation in experiences outside the classroom is an integral part of the course.

Course content

AS: Paper 1: Love through the Ages Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play Examination will include two unseen poems Assessed • written exam: 3 hours • open book in Section C only • 75 marks • 40% of A-level.

A2: Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts Choice of two options Option 2A (BLOCK E): WW1 and its Aftermath. Option 2B (BLOCK A): Modern Times: Literature 1945 to now Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000 Examination will include an unseen extract Assessed • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes • open book • 75 marks • 40% of A-level.

A2: Independent critical study: texts across time Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 (20%)

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.


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Future opportunities

Students who study English Language or English Literature at A level go on to a variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, law, marketing, management and the media. Employers like the high level comprehension, independent work and presentation skills which the course encourages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cotswold Edge Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years