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English Literature A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

A coursework and examination assessed Advanced Level course. 

Focussed teaching by a minimum of two experienced A Level teachers. 

The syllabus followed is the AQA ‘A’ specification and is mainly literature based. 

The aims of the course are to promote the study of literature as a discipline - a discipline that is humane (i.e. concerned with values), historical (setting literary works in their context) and communicative (examining the use of language to convey thought and feeling). 

Much of the course will depend upon group discussion in which students will exchange views, defend opinions, demolish arguments and sharpen their wits against teachers and fellow students. Discussion may range from the effects of a society upon the personality of its members to the rights and wrongs of political power, or the importance of religious faith: the scope is as wide as all human experience. In addition there will be a development of academic skills in the evaluation of evidence and the analysis of language as an instrument of communication.

Course content

AS Level: An exam piece focussing on World War One literature. A creative coursework piece consisting of two parts, based on one prose and one drama text.

A2 Level: An exam on unprepared extracts and reading based upon a given unit theme of “Love Through the Ages”. An extended essay and Shakespeare study: one task of 3000 words comprising any two texts, plus any one Shakespeare play

Entry requirements

A good GCSE pass, preferably grade B or above, in English or English Literature or both are required for this course.

Future opportunities

English courses combine well with any other subject that requires a critical overview and appreciation of the subject matter such as Theatre Studies, Media Studies, Music, Art and a range of Humanities subjects. The language element of the course enhances studies in Modern Foreign Languages and in Business Studies. An English Advanced Level qualification is very useful to all those who wish to pursue a career in media and/or the arts, in public relations and tourism, and for entry to degree courses at university leading to a range of professional opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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