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IB English Literature at King Ethelbert School

Course description

IB Literature is for the intellectually curious, the imaginative, for those who wish to be inspired and for those who simply love to read!

We attempt to explore the varied and diverse ways writers communicate with their readers whilst developing and exploring our own understanding of the world around us through a range of rich and varied texts. The course offers students a unique opportunity to focus studies around texts and subjects of their own interest allowing you to craft and create a course unique to you.

It is a highly prestigious qualification that equips students with vast and highly sought after skill sets including:


· Developing an ability to critique the way language is used and meaning constructed.

· An ability to write and communicate at an advanced and academic level.

· Encouraging students to gain insight into literature from other countries, cultures and traditions.

· Teaching the value and importance of independent study, extended essay writing and critical, analytical and evaluative thinking.

Where possible we try to ‘see’ texts in their natural format and so aim to watch texts in performance or supplement textual study with other Medias.


Course content

Part 1: Literature in translation: Study of 2 texts which have been translated, of which one becomes the basis for the only piece of written coursework (a 1500 word essay and 1500 word reflective statement).

Part 2: Study of 2 texts (Students can chose poetry for this option) Students must then give an academic discussion on an element of a text they have studied.

Part 3: Literary Genres exam.  Students will prepare in class pre-selected authors and genres in preparation for a comparative essay style exam (1.5 hours)

Part 4: Free choice text study and oral presentation.  Students complete group study of 3 free choice texts an prepare a creative response to one.


Entry requirements

In addition to KES Sixth form entry requirements of 5A*-C, or equivalent, at GCSE a Grade 5 in English at GCSE is needed.


Internal Assessment worth 55% made up of 1 essay (worth 25%) and two oral presentations (worth 15% each).

External Assessement worth 45% made up of two exams. Paper 1 is Unseen (worth 30%) and Paper 2 is Literature Genres (worth 25%).

Further information

Your Careers Advisor or Head of Sixth Form

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Ethelbert School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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