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ENGLISH LITERATURE A Level at The Sandon School

Course description

Students will have the opportunity to:
- Talk and express personal opinions, about HOW literature reflects society.
- Read widely and independently from a range of modern and traditional texts.
- Learn through supported lessons how to articulate and control lines of argument.
- Develop the ability to write creatively as well as analytically.
- Challenge conceptions independently to consider opposing viewpoints.

Course content

AS LEVEL
Love through the ages
- study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one anthology of poetry (Pre-1900 or Post -1900): closed book examination
- study of two prose texts: closed book examination

A LEVEL
Love through the ages
- Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.
o Shakespeare: closed book examination
o unseen Poetry: closed book examination
o comparing Texts: open book examination

Texts in shared Contexts
- Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day. Study of three texts: on prose, one drama and one poetry.

Independent critical study
- Texts across Time: non exam assessment. 2500 word extended essay

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved B grades or above in GCSE English Literature AND English Language. A knowledge and understanding of social history, both current events and a strong historical perspective, is vital. Students MUST be prepared for both this and the very wide independent reading which is necessary for this course.

Future opportunities

Studying English Literature will help develop the skills and ability to tackle the longer more disciplined writing many university courses demand, including law and history. English Literature is an excellent preparation for any university course and is regarded highly amongst all universities, including Russell group universities. Students not intending to go to university have an excellent basis for entry into fields such as journalism, management or personnel work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sandon School directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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