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English Literature A/AS level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School

Course description

You will complete a course of study focused on in-depth readings and interpretations of modern and classic texts, take part in active discussion and complete written responses to poetry, prose and drama. You will be given the opportunity to see and hear live performances streamed from theatres to cinema screens, attend a seminar on a core text, most likely ‘Hamlet’, and to visit sites of literary and cultural interest.

Course content

A Level 1. The Shakespeare play section requires learners to demonstrate their detailed knowledge and understanding of ‘Hamlet’ and engage critically and creatively with ways of responding to it. They should be able to develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation and communicate fluently. 2. Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of a poetry collection (likely to be by Rossetti or Chaucer), exploring the writer’s use of language and poetic effects, and be able to explore connections across the poems. Students will be able to reference to one poem, or extract from a poem printed in the examination paper, and will comment on the rest from memory. 3. The Drama post-1900 component requires learners to study one modern play, Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar named Desire’, which they will be examined on and then write a 1000 word essay on as coursework in the summer. 4. Students read the modern prose text, Moshin Hamid’s ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. Learners are required to study the whole text in detail, as texts will not be allowed in the exam. Learners are expected to be able to demonstrate their appreciation of the significance of cultural and contextual influences on writers and readers. This prose section requires learners to read texts in a variety of ways and be able to respond critically and creatively both to their set text and to an unseen prose passage which will be thematically linked to their set text.

Entry requirements

Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.

Future opportunities

An A Level English Literature qualification gives you vital transferable skills in planning, presenting, discussing and articulating (in speech and writing). English graduates are well qualified to become writers and journalists; and to work in media, advertising and promotions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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