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English Literature A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

The A level course is comprised of four units over two years:

 

Component 1: Poetry

Written examination: 2 hours 30% of qualification

Section A: Pre-1900 Poetry (open-book, clean copy)

One two-part question based on the reading of one pre-1900 poetry text from a prescribed list.

Section B: Post-1900 Poetry (open-book, clean copy)

One question from a choice of two based on the reading of two post-1900 poetry texts from a prescribed list.

 

Component 2: Drama

Written examination: 2 hours 30% of qualification

Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book)

One two-part question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from a prescribed list.

Section B: Drama (closed-book)

One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays: one pre-1900 and one post-1900, from a prescribed list.

 

Component 3: Unseen Texts

Written examination: 2 hours 20% of qualification

Section A: Unseen prose

One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose, taken from one of two prescribed periods for study.

Section B: Unseen poetry

One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract.

 

Component 4: Prose Study

Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 words 20% of qualification

One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post- 2000, nominated by the centre.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English Language and English Literature.

Assessment

Examination Board - WJEC

Future opportunities

As well as leading directly to degree courses in English Literature, this course enables a student to keep their options open without narrowing the choice later on. Many universities regard it as a desirable A level for courses as diverse as Law and Medicine. Arts graduates are highly employable because they have spent three years thinking about communication and have developed skills in presentation, critical thinking and innovation.

Further information

Am I suited to this course?

You would be well-suited to studying English Literature at A level if you:

  • are willing to discuss ideas and contribute to teamwork
  • would like to develop your research skills
  • enjoy investigating the social, cultural and historical context of a text
  • are able to write well both creatively and analytically
  • enjoy reading and analysing novels, plays and poetry.

What other subjects does it complement?

English Literature complements almost all other subjects. There are clear overlaps with English Language, History, Psychology and Drama but can also be taken in combination with Art, Sciences and Geography. It is a useful choice for so many combinations.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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