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English Literature A Level at Cardinal Newman College

Course description

English Literature is the study of poetry, prose and drama from a variety of different historical periods, including current productions. You will analyse texts aesthetically, stylistically and politically as we look at their impact and beauty, their mastery of the English language and the importance of their meanings in contributing to the experience of what it means to be human.

Course content

You will study texts across all three genres: poetry, prose and drama. The two year linear course will begin with the study of modern poetry, comparing Duffy’s ‘Mean Time’ and Larkin’s ‘The Witsun Weddings’ as well as Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale’.

We will then move on to 20th century drama, comparing Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Webster’s ‘The Dutchess of Malfi’, as well as a study of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

Entry requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Assessment

Exam: 100%

Future opportunities

You will study texts across all three genres: poetry, prose and drama. The two year linear course will begin with the study of modern poetry, comparing Duffy’s ‘Mean Time’ and Larkin’s ‘The Witsun Weddings’ as well as Chaucer’s ‘The Merchant’s Tale’.

We will then move on to 20th century drama, comparing Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Webster’s ‘The Dutchess of Malfi’, as well as a study of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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