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English Literature A Level at Impington Village College

Course description

The English Department offers English Literature A level and in the past has offered English Language A level. Our courses run in accordance with student demand. If demand is sufficient it will be possible to take English Language or the combined English Language and Literature course.

English Literature

In this course you will study, in depth, a variety of poetry, prose and drama, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary writing. Throughout the course, you will explore, in writing and in discussion, your own responses to what you have read, and listen to others' responses. You will consider what we mean by 'literature' and how literature relates to life and you will learn about the techniques used by writers to convey powerful ideas and themes through literature. Through your study of a range of texts, you will gain knowledge of the history of English literature and will consider what is meant by 'the classics' of literature. The examination board is AQA specification B. The course is divided into four modules, two at AS and two at A2.

Course content

Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative

Exam, 2 hours, open book 60% of total AS mark, 30% of total A Level marks Four texts (two prose, two poetry)

Unit 2: Dramatic Genres

40% of total AS marks, 20% of total A Level marks Two texts from the dramatic genre

Unit 3: Texts and Genres

Elements of the Gothic 2 hours closed book 60% of total A2/30% of total A Level marks

Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading

A study of at least three texts, one of which will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing. Coursework 40% of total AS, 20% of total A Level marks

Entry requirements

For the A Level/Btec courses, a student will need At least 5 4-grades at GCSE level or level 2 equivalent and have a 4 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at A Level/Btec.

Further information

For more information please contact the sixth form

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 June 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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