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A Level English Literature at Townsend CofE School

Course description

The AS course is structured around the genres of poetry, prose and drama and is far more student led than GCSE English Literature.
The topics covered include: in AS, narrative and comedy and in A2, elements of the gothic or pastoral and independent reading as a coursework task.

A considerable emphasis is placed upon class discussion, though independent study and preparation is encouraged. The opportunities for student presentations are frequent and very popular.
One unit of AS and one unit of the A2 course are examined in written exam papers (60%). One unit at each level also consists of two pieces of coursework, each under 2000 words (40%).
The normal pattern envisaged will be for candidates to complete an AS at the end of their first year of study. They will then proceed to take the final A level examination at the end of Year 13.
They should also keep a reading log of novels and poems read during the Summer break which precedes the onset of the course.
Students have the chance to attend lectures in London during the year.

As English Literature expects students to think and discuss the texts and ask questions, students are expected to do their own reading and research about texts and authors studied.
They must learn to study independently and realise that A2 is a step up from AS level.
Students are expected to attend external lect

ures and theatre trips and visits outside school as appropriate.

Entry requirements

Six or more GCSE grades at A*-C including English Language.
Average GCSE point score 5.0 or above.
Grade C in English Literature GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Townsend CofE School directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years