English Literature A Level (Block B) at St John's Catholic Comprehensive School
Why study English Literature?
Studying English Literature helps to sharpen your analytical skills. If you can take a text and find the themes plus connect it with other texts, theories and historical events, you are showing that you can handle complex ideas, search for patterns and interpret information in a wider context.
You will also develop your planning and research skills as well as gain knowledge of history, culture, philosophy and even human behaviour.
This course will enable you to develop literary analysis and creative skills. A love of reading is essential as you must read widely throughout the two year course.
Paper 1: Literary Genres (40% of A Level)
You will study: Aspects of Tragedy, which will include four texts: Texts are likely to include: William Shakespeare – Othello; A Miller – Death of a Salesman; Keats -Poetry; F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby.
Paper 2: Texts and Genres (40% of A Level) - Elements of Crime Writing
You will study three texts; one post-2000 prose text, one poetry and one further text; one of which must be written pre-1900. Texts could include: Kate Atkinson – When Will There Be Good News?; Poetry by Crabbe, Robert Browning and Oscar Wilde; Samuel Taylor Coleridge – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
Non-exam Assessment: Theory and Independence (20% of A level)
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by the study of a Critical Anthology.
Two essays of 1250 – 1500 words, each responding to the Critical Anthology.
One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.
A minimum of 5 GCSEs A* - B (Grade 5 or higher) including at least one Grade 6 in either GCSE English Language or English Literature. In addition, students must also have GCSE Maths (Grade 4 or higher).
This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.
Paper 1: Literary Genres (40% of A Level) - Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes - Closed Book
Paper 2: Texts and Genres (40% of A Level) Elements of Crime Writing - Written exam: 3 hours – Open Book
Non-exam Assessment: Theory and Independence (20% of A level) - Two essays of 1250 – 1500 words, each responding to the Critical Anthology.
A-level English Literature is a highly regarded degree across the world of Industry. It is well-respected and will open several doors for you in non-English careers.
English is good for any job that involves communication, writing and / or literary knowledge. These include:advertising and marketing,writing and journalism, law, consultancy, business,teaching, performing arts, academia, government, linguistics, foreign languages, media and design. You could even be a freelance writer, which is probably one of the world's most creative and exciting jobs!
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.