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English Literature A level at Dartford Science & Technology College

Course description

This is a course that allows you to study a wide range of texts which will encourage you to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written.  The exam set texts you will study are: Othello by William Shakespeare An anthology of Pre-1900 poetry Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Feminine Gospels Poetry Anthology by Carol Ann Duffy The Color Purple by Alice Walker Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams Unseen poetry and unseen extracts from prose You will need a passion for English Literature and enjoy reading in your spare time. You should keep abreast of new interesting fiction by looking at nominees for ‘The Man Booker’ prize or the Costa Book Awards etc. You could also prepare by researching the changing attitudes toward love and relationships throughout history.

Course content

This is a course that allows you to study a wide range of texts which will encourage you to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written.  The exam set texts you will study are: Othello by William Shakespeare An anthology of Pre-1900 poetry Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Feminine Gospels Poetry Anthology by Carol Ann Duffy The Color Purple by Alice Walker Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams Unseen poetry and unseen extracts from prose You will need a passion for English Literature and enjoy reading in your spare time. You should keep abreast of new interesting fiction by looking at nominees for ‘The Man Booker’ prize or the Costa Book Awards etc. You could also prepare by researching the changing attitudes toward love and relationships throughout history.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades 9-4 including Maths, English Language and English Literature at grade 5 or above.

Assessment

Two exams, one of which (Shakespeare) will be a closed book exam with an extract to support your analysis. You will submit one coursework unit. The exams are worth 80% of the overall qualification. The NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

Higher Education and Career Opportunities: A Level English Literature can be a good pathway to many other higher education courses and careers. Indeed, many of our students have gone on to study a degree in English Literature. Subsequently, this has facilitated their employment in careers such as journalism and teaching; moreover if you choose to go straight into employment after Post 16 this course will help you develop the skills and knowledge that many employers are looking for, particularly in relation to demonstrating high levels of competency with communication.

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: 14 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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