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English Literature A Level at Lydiard Park Academy

Course description

This course will encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they: read widely and independently; engage creatively with texts; develop and apply knowledge of literary analysis; explore contexts of texts; deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English.

Course content

AS: Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry Examination: 2 hours 15 minutes Students will study a range of prose and poetry, including texts from 1800-1945. They will study groups of texts to draw out common or contrasting aspects.

Unit 2: Explorations in Drama Coursework: Two responses (explorative study and creative critical response) Students will study a Shakespeare play and other drama texts, including plays from 1300-1800.

A2: Unit 3: Interpretations of Prose and Poetry Examination: 2 hours 45 minutes Students will study prose and poetry, including texts published after 1990. They will compare and contrast at least three texts selected from thematic text groupings.

Unit 4: Reflections in Literary Studies Coursework: One extended study, or two shorter studies, or a creative response with a commentary (Students will study a range of poetry, prose or drama for independent study, including non-fiction texts and literary criticism.

Entry requirements

An A level English Literature student should: ● Have a keen interest in reading a range of texts from different genres and periods. ● Be hard-working and manage time effectively. ● Make contributions to discussions in lessons and be willing to share and discuss ideas about texts and other writers’ work ● Work independently. ● Be able to write essays. ● Be able to reflect on their work and make efforts to improve work.


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Future opportunities

● University degree in English or other subjects.

● A level English Literature is regarded as a facilitating subject.

● Careers in teaching, media, business, law and many other professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lydiard Park Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years