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English Literature A level at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr

Course description

Our students have chosen English Literature because they like to read, write and discuss. We will follow the new WJEC specification, offered from September 2015. The subject is demanding but enjoyable, and develops students’ analytical, creative and communication skills. It is also cross-curricular, in that it requires an appreciation of the social and historical context of texts, and an understanding of contemporary ideas and critical views. It can also be pursued as a balancing subject for other A level combinations.

Course content

Advanced Subsidiary (AS)

Unit 1: Written examination (closed-book) – Prose and Drama (20%)
Section A: Extract and essay work on a pre-1900 novel (eg Dickens, Bronte)
Section B: One essay question on a play (eg Wilde, Orton)

Unit 2: Written examination (open-book) - Post-1900 Poetry (20%)
Section A: Close reading of one poem, taken from studied collections by two poets (eg Larkin and Duffy, Hughes and Plath)
Section B: Comparative work on the two studied poets

Advanced Level (A2)

Unit 3: Written examination (closed-book) - Poetry Pre-1900 (20%)
Section A: Poetry pre-1900 (eg Donne, Milton, Rossetti)
Section B: Unseen poetry comparison

Unit 4: Written examination (closed-book) - Shakespeare (20%)
Section A: Extract work on the studied play (eg Hamlet, Lear, The Tempest)
Section B: An essay question

Unit 5: Non-examination assessment – Prose Study (20%)
A comparative 2500-3500 study of two prose texts (one pre and one post-2000). Flexible task setting according to individual students’ interests.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2015

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