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English Literature A Level at Tiffin School

Course description

This specification builds on what students know already from GCSE, to teach the skills every literature student needs to explore and understand a wide range of texts, and to help develop the valuable transferable skills of sustained research and composition. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop critical awareness and understanding of individual works of literature, of relationships between texts and of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.

Course content

There are two examined components and one coursework component. The two exams are equally weighted and offer opportunities for candidates to provide extended exploratory responses.

The first exam component ‘Drama and Poetry Pre-1900’ offers candidates the opportunity to engage in close reading and pay attention to Shakespeare’s use of language. Candidates will answer a two-part question; the first part will focus on an extract from their chosen Shakespeare and the second part will be an essay question which will assess wider knowledge of the play as a whole. In the second section candidates apply a combination of one drama text and one poetry text to a set of non-
text specific but literary questions.

The second exam component ‘Comparative and Contextual Study’ will consist of a close reading (unseen exercise) and a comparative essay. The paper will be split into different topic areas. Chosen topics include: American Literature 1880-1940, The Gothic, Dystopia, Women in Literature and The Immigrant Experience. Students will have free choice of texts (from a list of core set texts and suggested set texts) from within their chosen topic area. For the first part of this exam students will approach an unseen prose extract, from within their chosen topic area. The second part of the exam will offer students a choice of three questions of which they must answer one question on the set texts they have studied in their chosen topic area. The coursework component requires candidates to study three texts from across the genres of poetry, drama and prose. Task one offers a choice between a critical piece and a recreative piece with a commentary and Task two is a ‘linked texts’ essay focusing on connections and comparisons between two texts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2017
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