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Course description

Literature at A level allows you to read and explore texts at a higher level. If you love reading and have opinions or a developing critical voice, then this is the course for you.

Course content

You will read novels, plays, poetry over the full course and must be able to interpret and evaluate what you read. It is important that you are able to articulate this effectively in writing. At the core of all the set texts is a flawed tragic hero or heroine who suffers and causes suffering to others. In all the texts there is interplay between what might be seen as villains and victims. Some tragic features will now be more in evidence in some texts than in others and students will need to understand how particular aspects of the tragic genre are used and how they work in the four chosen texts.

Entry requirements

English Literature GCSE grade 6


The exam board for Key Stage 5 is AQA course.

AS - Aspects of tragedy (50%) One novel and one poetry text (a collection by one poet) Unit 1: Literary genre drama
Unit 2: Literacy genres: Poetry and prose

A2 (A Level) - Aspects of Tragedy (40%) You will build on your study of last year’s tragic texts and take an additional examination in them 
Unit 3: Elements of political and social protest writing (40%) 
Unit 4: Theory and independence: coursework (20%)

Future opportunities

English literature A Level is highly regarded by universities and colleges. A degree in English literature is good preparation for a range of careers including journalism, the media and the arts. It can also open doors to analytical pathways such as research or law.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Park Academy - RPA directly.

Last updated date: 07 December 2017
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