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English Literature A Level at John Madejski Academy

Course description

The English Literature course involves the study of a range for texts from the literary heritage and modern texts. Students will be required to read a range of texts and analyse character, style of writing and portrayal of themes within them. The course is made up of three core units studied over two years, after which time the A level qualification is awarded.

Paper 1: Literary Genres (these will be decided by your teacher)
Option 1a: Aspects of Tragedy
Option 1b: Aspects of Comedy

Paper 2: Texts and Genres
Option 2a: Elements of Crime Writing
Option 2b: Elements of political and social protest writing

Non-Exam Assessment: Theory and Independence
Study of two texts and a completion of two essays.

Course content

You will be required to read a number of texts and to engage in a variety of genre and styles. The ability to engage with texts outside your normal preferences and approach these in a positive, critical manner is vital. There is a lot of reading involved in this course; this should be considered when choosing it:

You will learn the language of literary criticism and learn to understand the choices available to writers across a range of texts. You will learn the art of essay writing and referencing, these are important skills for any university course

The skills of close reading and analysis as well as that of essay writing are transferable to a wide variety of other courses and careers notably the humanities, law and politics.

A well established, traditional A level, a qualification in English Literature will enhance your future opportunities whether you proceed down an academic or vocational pathway post year 13.

Future opportunities

English A level can lead onto ALL humanities subjects both at A Level and University such as: Business, English, History and ALL courses that require you to have good communication skills and excellent written skills. This can also be applied to jobs after A Level. You can pursue a career in Teaching, Journalism, Law, Advertising, Public Speaker and Politics only to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Madejski Academy directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 1-2 years