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English Literature A level at Cramlington Learning Village

Course description

English Literature offers you the chance to explore classic and modern texts, including drama, poetry and novels. The course asks you to debate features of these texts. So, for example, you may be asked to consider what ways a story might be considered tragic or comic; whether crime fiction is all about empty thrills; or if could it be argued that Harry Potter has any literary value. You will develop an understanding of a wide range of reading material in addition to your own reading preferences and are exposed to different historical literary criticism as well.

Course content

In 2015 students will undertake the new linear specification. Those choosing AS will complete their course at the end of Year 12, while those choosing to take the full A Level will be examined at the end of Year 13.

Core content:
3.1 Literary Genres: you will either study aspects of tragedy or aspects of comedy, exploring two plays, one of which will be Shakespeare.
3.2 Texts and Genres: you will study either crime fiction or political fiction and read widely within this genre.
3.3 Theory and Independence: this coursework module really encourages independence and is great preparation for higher education. You will study a variety of critical approaches and apply them to texts of your choice.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects. A B grade in English Literature at GCSE is required.


For the A Level course, the assessments are as follows:

Literary genres: this is a paper lasting 2 hours 30 minutes which is worth 40% of your grade.

Texts and genres: this paper lasts 3 hours and is worth 40% of your grade.

Theory and Independence: this coursework module is internally assessed and is worth 20% of your final grade.

Future opportunities

The Russell Group of top Universities list English Literature A Level as one of their `facilitating subjects`: those that are considered academically rigorous and good preparation for degree level work. As such, it is a great course to support an application for Higher Education, but it can also be very useful for the world of work. It is often a requirement if you are considering Law, English, Theatre or Creative Writing at University, but is also highly recommended as preparation for Business, Humanities and Language based degrees. English Literature is useful for a variety of careers, the most obvious of which are Journalism, Law, Publishing, Teaching, and Business Management. Yet, on top of all this, the communication and analytical skills gained are easily transferable and, as such, are appreciated in many different occupations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cramlington Learning Village directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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