English Literature AS/A2 Level at Nicholas Hamond Academy
Arnold Wesker described words as 'a bridge to another land'. Literature is about using words in creative ways to communicate ideas and feelings.
In literature classes you will be discussing these ideas and feelings in an open and mature manner, and in so doing you begin to understand not only the text, but yourself.
At A Level you have the time to really explore texts instead of racing through them as is necessary at GCSE. You are also with other like-minded students, people who have chosen to do the subject because they enjoy it, which makes the level of debate more intense.
Texts in Context (Exam) 60%
• One set poetry text plus wider reading in a selected area of study
• Candidates answer two questions: one on wider reading, one on a poetry text
Creative Study (Coursework) 40%
• One prose text and one drama text. Two tasks - 2000 to 2500 words in total
• A personally informed response to prose and a piece on the drama text.
Reading for Meaning (Exam) 60%
• Candidates must answer a question on the theme 'Love through the Ages'
• Unprepared extracts will be connected to candidates' wider reading
Comparative Essay (Coursework) 40%
• An extended essay comparing two texts and a Shakespeare play of the candidate's choice - 3000 words
Minimum of a grade C at GCSE English, English Language or English Literature.
60% Examination and 40% Coursework.
English Literature is a core subject that combines well with many other subjects. Literature is also a serious academic subject that appeals to universities since it is evidence of both a high level of communication, literacy and the ability to think analytically.
Possible careers include: Teacher, Author, Publisher, Librarian, Lawyer, Journalist and Media related professions.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Hamond Academy directly.