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English Literature A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This course is for those students who find reading a pleasure; not a chore. Students will have a lively and enquiring mind and enjoy discussing how writers make them think and feel. They will have the ability to argue a case with passion and enthusiasm. There are 3 specific units of study over the two years, one of which is examined through coursework. Much of the reading/ writing on this course will be undertaken independently so students will need to be self motivators who can work well to deadlines.
An interest in History is a distinct advantage as it will help students to understand the context in which texts are written and received.


Unit 1 - Poetry & Drama pre and post 1900 - Weighting 40%, Closed book exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - Students will answer three questions on their set texts. Sample texts: Hamlet, Poetry of Christina Rossetti , An Ideal Husband (Wilde)
Unit 2 - Comparative & Contextual Study - Weighting 40%, Closed book exam - 2 hours and 30 minutes - Students answer questions from their chosen topic areas. Sample Areas: American Literature, Dystopias, Women in Literature
Unit 3  Weighting 20% - Written essays - Students are required to study three further texts and write two essays – One comparative and one close reading or a re-creative piece plus a commentary


Future opportunities

An advanced English qualification is recognised as an excellent indicator of one’s ability to communicate successfully and to be an innovative thinker. Many of our students go on to take this subject at degree level. Both Higher Education institutions and employers value English A levels and, as such, students can use this qualification in a variety of careers ranging from law, media and medicine to teaching, leisure and tourism.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.