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English Literature A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

Students benefit from a range of extra curricular activities as part of their English studies.

  • Book clubs in College
  • Cinema trips, theatre trips, study days at Universities attending lectures
  • Links to other colleges and Universities

Students have five lessons a week and these are divided between two teachers. There is a commitment to reading outside of the classroom and regular extended homework.

The English department is committed to providing a broad, in depth English education for all its students. The department aims to create a natural progression from GCSE to A-Level where students are encouraged to build on their individual strengths and talents to create ambitious, challenging responses. You will be able to attend conferences at York St John University and Newcastle University led by noted academics and Principal Examiners for AQA, to further develop your understanding of the subject.

Course content

Students who choose Literature are not only looking to study a subject that is recognised and sought after by institutions of higher education, they are fascinated by the written word. Literature offers students the opportunity to learn about history, politics, linguistics, art and culture. Students who study A level will study not only works established as part of the canon of English Literature but also exciting new texts from other cultures as part of the new specification.

Students who thrive in English Literature -

  • Are able to debate and think critically
  • Are interested in researching and reading around their set texts
  • Are interested in engaging with other historical periods, ideologies and forms of expression
  • Enjoy presenting and writing about texts in depth
  • Have achieved at least a B grade in their English study at GCSE
  • Are independent thinkers who question ideas the authors present
  • Enjoy theatre trips and further study opportunities.

At AS level students study a Shakespeare play, a modern drama, a prose text and a series of poems. Students sit the AS exams at the end of the year and they can use this as their qualification if they so choose.

At A2 level students study a post-2000 prose text, complete an independent coursework module and another set text. Final exams include their AS study.

Future opportunities

Students who study English frequently pursue careers in the media, PR, publishing, Law and teaching. There are numerous skills that are transferable in English, namely public speaking, accurate written communication and the ability to follow and develop an argument. Students who take the subject are often interested in studying History, MFL ad the social sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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