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English Literature at Ashmole Academy

Course description

The A level in English Literature aims to encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies. They are expected to read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves. They should engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them. Students will develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in writing. They will also explore the contexts of which texts are written and received and evaluate interpretations of those texts.

Course content

There are 3 components to the A Level.

Component 1: This examination has two sections. Section 1 focuses on a Shakespeare play and you will be required to answer two questions. The first requires you to analyse an extract from the play, the second asks you to write an evaluative response to a statement about the whole play. In Section 2, you will compare an aspect of a drama text and a poetry text. You will be expected to be able to comment on and make detailed reference to the whole of each text.

Component 2: This examination has a series of questions based on a range of genres. You will answer two questions based on our chosen genre. Question 1 requires you to write a critical appreciation of an unseen text relating to the genre being studied. This will require a significant understanding and experience of the genre and its tropes. Question 2 requires you to write an analytical response about the genre by comparing two texts studied in class. A broad knowledge of the genre is vital.

Component 3: Coursework. Task 1 is a close analysis of a chosen extract (1000 words) or poem. Task 2 compares two literary texts (2000 words).

Between the two tasks, one poetry, one prose and one drama text
must be studied.

Future opportunities

English Literature is one of the facilitating subjects for the Russell group universities. Students who study English Literature go on to a wide range of careers including Journalism, the Civil Service, Teaching, Advertising and Public Relations. The development of student response in a sympathetic and structured way is of great value in the student’s own personal development.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 February 2018