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English Literature A level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

This is an excellent course for anyone with a passion for Literature and a fascination with the craft of the writer. You will embark on a two year course of study introducing you to hundreds of years of Literature in English.

Through the course you will learn to analyse Literature from different genres and you will develop your ability to create academic argument, recognising the influence of context upon both the author and the reader. You will respond to the works by discussion and by essay, you will produce a couple of pieces of dynamic and original coursework, and you will sit two exams at the very end of the course.  Your input, ideas and engagement are crucial and you will be encouraged to develop sophisticated responses and writing styles.

This course complements many A Level courses and is well recognised and appreciated by universities.

English at S6C is an engaging programme where you are given plenty of opportunities to explore work from across different genres.  Whilst discussion and debate are important, you will also be guided on how to effectively communicate your ideas in writing.  Expert guidance will also introduce you to different types of literature that will also develop the skills needed for study at a higher level or in the world of employment.

Course content

The two-year course is divided into three components.

The first component is a study of Shakespeare and a comparison of two pre-1900 drama and poetry texts.

The second component involves close reading of extracts from a chosen topic area and a comparative and contextual study of two novels. The topic areas include: American Literature 1880-1940, The Gothic, Dystopia, Women in Literature, The Immigrant Experience.

The final component of the course is the coursework element. The requirement for this is a close reading or re-creative writing piece with commentary and also a comparative essay. The coursework is based on three modern texts including poetry, prose and drama.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Future opportunities

The course leads very naturally to post 18 study at University. There is a huge wealth of university courses from which to choose for which an A Level in Literature would be advantageous ranging from Law to Journalism, Creative Writing to Natural Sciences.

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What our students think

“I love English Literature because it relates to all subjects. Within it we discuss philosophy, politics, language and art which really complements the other A Level subjects that I study.”

Sam, previously Wyvern College

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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