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English Literature at Downham Market Academy

Course description

A level English Literature 2 year course will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing learners to the discipline of advanced literary studies, and requires reading of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

A level must extend these studies in breadth and depth, further developing learners’ ability to analyse, evaluate and make connections between the texts they read and enjoy!

Course content

Component 1: Poetry

Written Examination: 2 hours

30% of qualification

  • Section A: Poetry pre - 1900 (open - book, cle an copy) One two - part question based on the reading of one pre - 1900 poetry text from a prescribed list
  • Section B: Poetry post - 1900 (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

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Downham Market Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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