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English Literature - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

The course will enable you to:
-develop your interest and enjoyment in literature by reading widely

-gain an understanding of the traditions of English literature

-communicate your response to a wide variety of texts and respond to texts of different types and periods

-make informed opinions and judgements on literary texts

-gain an understanding of cultural, historical and other influences on texts.

Entry requirements

English Language and English Literature GCSE grade B


Course Content

Unit 1: Love through the ages

You will study three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems You will be assessed by a written exam: 3 hours. Sections A and B are closed book; section C is open book.

• 40% of A-level

Unit 2: Texts in shared contexts

You will have a choice of two options:

Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

You will study three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

The examination will include an unseen extract. It is an open book examination.

You will be assessed by a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level

Texts currently studied for examination include: The Go-Between, Othello and Atonement

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time

You will complete a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. You will complete one extended essay (2500 words) with an accompanying bibliography.

  • 20% of A-level

Future opportunities

Students with AS or A Level English Literature have a wide range of possible career and Higher Education opportunities. You will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills during the course. These include writing for a variety of purposes, responding to literary texts, expressing informed and independent opinions and identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject. These skills are in demand from employers and universities and colleges, and are also valuable in their own right. English Literature can be studied as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects. It could form a good basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with, for example, History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Law, Politics or Languages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 07 January 2016
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