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English Literature A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

Aims

  • To develop students’ interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies
  • To encourage students to develop independent readings of set texts, critical essays and other texts that they have selected for themselves
  • To encourage students to engage creatively with a substantial body and range of texts from across the literary canon
  • To enable students to develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis
  • To promote the exploration of the contexts and wider interpretations of texts
  • To develop students’ deeper understanding of the changing traditions of literature
  • To enable students to create links and connections across texts, considering the choices and concerns of one text against those of another
  • To develop increasingly fluent and detailed analytical writing, referring accurately and appropriately to texts and other sources

English Literature will enable students to develop further the above skills, showing knowledge and understanding of the significance of the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts. Within their study of genre they will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and they way writers use such devices to shape meanings. Students will also study the interpretations of texts by different readers, how texts relate to literary traditions, movements and genres, and the impact of cultural and contextual influences upon readers and writers. The A Level qualification requires the study of eight literary texts plus unseen poetry. Three of the studied texts will be pre-1900 texts, including one Shakespeare play; another will be first published or performed post-2000.

Course content

AS

Unit 1 - Unseen Poetry and Drama

  • Students will study a wide range of poetry in preparation for responding to an unseen modern poem. The examination will also require them to respond to a studied drama text, drawing on contextual and critical approaches.

Unit 2 - Prose

  • Students study two thematically linked prose texts, at least one of which must be pre-1900. The examination will require them to compare and contrast both texts.

A2

Unit 1 - Drama

  • Students will study and respond to separate questions on one Shakespeare play and one other drama.

Unit 2 - Prose

  • Students study two thematically linked prose texts, at least one of which must be pre-1900. The examination will require them to compare and contrast both texts.

Unit 3 - Poetry

  • Students study a range of poetry in preparation for responding to two elements in the examination: an unseen modern poem, and a comparative response on the studied range of poems.

Unit 4 - Coursework

  • Students submit an extended critical study of up to 3000 words in length. Two texts studied have no genre restrictions.

Entry requirements

Attain at least a C grade in English Language/English Literature GCSE or Mathematics GCSE. English Language: B and English Literature: B.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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