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English Literature A Level at The Kingsway Academy

Course description

The A2 course builds on this foundation and both widens and deepens students’ literary studies by: moving from a defined area of study to the whole of English Literature from Chaucer to the present day developing the informed autonomous reader by providing maximum opportunities for choice and the development of students’ own interests. The aims of this AS course are: to encourage literary study within a coherent contextual framework, to introduce candidates to all three genres within the shared context through a combination of close and wide reading, to consider how readers’ responses are shaped by the context, by writers’ choices and by other readers’ interpretations, to develop independent, individual interests within the shared context to lay a firm foundation for deeper study at A2.

Course content

Topics covered during course: Unit 1: LITA 1 World War One Literature The aim of this unit is to encourage: wide reading within the chosen option of war literature. This will be across all three genres, across time and across genders and close reading of a poetry text. Unit 2: LITA2 Creative Study This unit is assessed by means of a coursework portfolio. Candidates should select one prose text and one drama text based around World War One Literature. The coursework folder will contain two pieces of writing; one will be on the selected prose text and the other will be on the selected drama text. The two pieces of work should be 2000-2500 words in total. Unit 3: LITA3 Reading for Meaning Unit 3 has the theme ‘Love through the Ages’ as its focus. This final A2 examination synthesises the skills and learning of the whole course. In the examination, candidates will study closely unprepared texts from all genres, chosen across time and linked by theme. LITA4 Extended essay and Shakespeare Study In this coursework component candidates will have the opportunity to write a sustained comparative essay on three texts of their own choice linked by either the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ or by a theme of their own choice

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A-C including English and Maths. GCSE English Language and English Literature Grade B or above.

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Future opportunities

Higher Education pathways: English Literature degree or combination degree eg literature & American Studies

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kingsway Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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