English Literature - A Level at The Forest Academy
At AS level, candidates will study a play (E.g. ‘Doctor Faustus’ by Christopher Marlowe) and a collection of contemporary poetry for unit 1 and two novels (E.g. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Dracula by Bram Stoker) for unit 2. They will then have two exams at the end of the year:
- Unit 1 – Poetry and Drama (60% of the AS grade) – This exam is 2 hours long and is open book.
- Unit 2 – Prose (40% of the AS grade) – This exam is 1 hour long and is open book.
For the A level, candidates will study a collection of contemporary poetry, and two plays (E.g. Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’) for unit 1. They will study two novels (E.g. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde and Dracula by Bram Stoker) for unit 2. They will then study a collection of poetry (E.g. The Romantics, The Victorians, or Larkin’s poetry) for unit 3. They will also study two texts for the coursework.
- Unit 1 – (30% of the A level) – 2 hours and 15 mins and open book. - Drama
- Unit 2 – (20% of the A level) – 1 hour and is open book - Prose
- Unit 3 – (30% of the A level) – 2 hours and 15 mins and is open book - Poetry
- Coursework (20% of the A level) – one 2500-300 word essay.
A level English is a demanding subject but it is also very rewarding. In studying these important novels, plays and poetry, students gain the ability to think critically and construct sophisticated arguments. Many students go on to study English or related subjects at university with students gaining places at both Oxford and Cambridge in recent years.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Forest Academy directly.