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English Literature A Level Linear at City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College

Course description

You will study a wide range of novels, plays and poetry from different periods and will discover both contemporary and older texts. If you love reading, you will love this subject. An A Level qualification in English Literature is excellent preparation for higher education and careers within the creative industry

Course content

Topics you will study:

Aspects of Tragedy (examined unit)

  • King Lear - William Shakespeare
  • Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller
  • Selected poems - John Keats

Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing (examined unit):

  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • The Kite Runner - Jim Crace
  • Songs of Innocence and Experience - William Blake

Students can choose from a range of texts in consultation with their teacher, on which they will write an extended analytical essay.  

Entry requirements

Four GCSEs grade A-C, preferably including Maths and English. This is a guideline rather than a requirement and the college will create a programme most suitable for you as an individual.

Assessment

Awarding Body: AQA Specification B

Assessment:

Results: 98%

  • Exams – 80%
  • Coursework - 20%

Financial information

This course is free to students aged 16-19 years old

Future opportunities

English Literature is a highly respected subject and one that will open many doors to universities and beyond. Classed as a facilitating subject, it will improve your university options and look great on your application. It is a subject that sharpens your analytical, interpretative and thinking skills and can lead to a huge variety of careers, including jobs in research, politics, education, journalism and the arts.

Further information

Since 2000, A Levels have been MODULAR courses, which means that exams have been taken in the first and second year of the course. In the past, the first year, or AS year, has contributed to 50% of the overall A Level grade and the remaining 50% contributed to the overall grade at the end of the second year of study.

From September 2015, English Literature will change and become LINEAR. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of two years of study. The philosophy of the reform is that the rigour of A levels will not change and in the main the breadth and depth of content will not change. These changes aim to prepare young people better for the demands of employment and further study. They will give pupils, parents, teachers, universities and employers greater confidence in the integrity and reliability of our qualifications system.

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Careers Personal Adviser in school or speak to your teachers. Attend a college Open Evening and chat to our teaching staff, college careers staff and Liaison Team

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 03 October 2016
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    • The City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, in the centre of the City and the North Staffordshire conurbation, is an ideal place to study. It has a reputation for high levels of academic achievement and individual support for students. We are able to offer students a very wide range of courses, excellent facilities, and access to university standard science laboratories.

      There are excellent transport links to the college by bus, train, cycle path or car.

      The college has been designed to give you a learning and social environment in which you can create your future. Whether you want a quiet place to complete your coursework, a studio to practise your dance routine, or a social space to grab a bite to eat there’s a space for you!

      LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRES

      Designed to meet the needs of a modern day students, our learning resource centres give you reliable access to computers and printers. Located next to the teaching staff base, the LRC are the perfect place to complete your work. The ground floor LRC is open until late throughout the week ensuring you meet deadlines.

      QUIET STUDY AREA

      Do you need peace and quiet to complete your work? Then the quiet study area is ideal. With plenty of desks and access to computers there’s no better place to focus on your studies.

      LEARNING PODS

      The most unique feature in our building is the three learning pods. These are individual break-out spaces from the LRC, available for use by all students. Work alongside your peers or carry out research with access to new technology such as tablets, Macs and high speed wireless internet connection. Each Learning Pod has its own identity.

      IT FACILITIES

      Technology is vital within the learning environment and at the college we have introduced innovative technology to keep you ahead of the curve:

      • Keep up to date with course information and upcoming college events in college and at home with access to the college MY.SFC site.

      • The latest PCs, Macs and tablet devices.

      • All teachers have iPads to enable them to support and track your progress and attendance.

      • Cashless Community – quickly and easily purchase bus tickets, food and more using your ID card, which can be reloaded at smart stations around the building.

      Wi-Fi

      Connect your mobile devices to our high speed wireless network so you can access the internet throughout the building on your own portable equipment.

      REFECTORY & ROEBUCK CAFE Grab a bite to eat and catch up with your friends at one of our catering facilities. They cater for students looking for a fresh and healthy lunch whilst others can choose from a range of hot foods including the sharing option specifically designed for you to tuck into with your friends. Sit back and relax with friends during break and lunch times in our very own Costa Coffee situated in the Roebuck Café selling newspapers, magazines, pick ‘n’ mix and lots of ‘grab and go’ offers. There really is something for everyone!

      CREATIVE & PERFORMANCE FACILITIES Are you destined to be on stage? Interested in the film and television industry? Our state-of-the-art creative and performance courses feature the following first class facilities to help you reach your dream: drama studio, dance studio, media editing facility, production workshop, music practice and recording rooms.