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English Literature A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

This specification encourages students to understand how narrative works, to look at
genre and to learn about critical approaches to texts. Students discover how central narrative is to the way literary texts work and they are introduced to the different aspects within genres. Encouraging wide and independent reading, the course also considers different types of critical approaches and how texts can reflect cultural meanings.
 

Course content

You will explore a wide range of literature, from Shakespeare’s plays, poetry, novels and drama alongside critical thinking. Coursework in A level English Literature allows you considerable freedom on your choice of topic and can allow for creative approaches as well as the academic critical essay.
 
Enrichment opportunities include trips to the theatre and a visit to the British Library and to the theatre and clubs such as the ‘Critics Club’ where A level students work with GCSE English students.

 

Entry requirements

Preferably a grade 5 in GCSE English (high grade 4 will be considered via interview). A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and three further A*-C GCSE passes are also required.

Assessment

Component 1:
  • Shakespeare & Drama and Poetry pre-1900
  • 40% of A Level
Component 2:
  • Close reading in chosen topic area with a comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area.
  • 40% of A Level
Component 3:
  • Close reading OR re-creative writing piece with commentary and a comparative essay.
  • 205 of A Level

Future opportunities

English graduates follow career paths as diverse as working in the legal profession, journalism, publishing, TV/media, education, retail and writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Web url: www.dwhs.co.uk

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