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English Literature at Ysgol Llanhari

Course description

English Literature has always been a popular choice at Llanhari, enjoying
excellent AS and A level results. It is nevertheless a vigorous course,
demanding a high level of commitment and independent, wider reading
from pupils. Both the AS and A level courses have been completely revised
so that they provide far more exciting opportunities for candidates to read
widely, write creatively and explore their individual responses to a range of
texts, both modern and classical. Candidates will have ample opportunities
to compare and contrast core and partner texts, practice their analytical
skills and to develop their knowledge of both English, Anglo-Welsh and
American literature, thus developing 'the insight of an artist, the analytical
precision of a scientist and the persuasiveness of a lawyer.'

Course content

The course involves an introduction to the study of Classical and Modern
English, literature from other cultures.
Modern poets studied: Seamus Heaney and Owen Sheers, Carol Ann
Duffy and Sheena Pugh
Modern drama: Brian Friel: Dancing at Lughnasa
Classical poets: John Donne, Wordsworth, Coleridge and a selection of
other classical and 'Metaphysical' poets
Classical drama: Shakespeare: King Lear and Sophocles: Oedipus Rex
(Greek Tragedy)

AS: LT1: Poetry post 1900 Drama post 1990
LT2: Prose Study pre 1900 Creative Response to Reading.
(Internal assessment)
A: LT3: Period and Genre Study, classical and modern texts.
(Internal assessment)
LT4: Poetry pre 1800 (Synoptic)
Drama pre 1800 (Shakespeare)

Entry requirements

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LT1: External examination: 2 1/2 hours; open text.
LT2: Internal assessment: three pieces of work totalling approximately 3,000 words.
LT3: Internal assessment: a folder of approximately 3,000 words.
LT4: External examination: 2 1/2 hours; closed text.

Future opportunities

English Literature is a flexible and adaptable subject that opens up a wide range of career choices. Graduates in English possess skills in written and spoken communication, working independently and thinking critically, which are highly valued by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Llanhari directly.

Last updated date: 31 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September