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English Literature A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

There are three elements in this A level course, as follows:
Element 1: Love through the Ages (40% of final marks)
Content
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Exam will include two unseen poems
Assessment
This element is assessed in a final 3hour examination paper. You are permitted to take clean copies of the studied texts with you into the examination room and refer to them during the examination. (Open Book paper)
Element 2: Texts in shared contexts (40% of final marks)
Content
Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day: Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one will have been written post-2000
Assessment
This element is assessed in a final 2hour 30minute examination paper. You are permitted to take clean copies of the studied texts with you into the examination room and refer to them during the examination. (Open Book paper)
Element 3: Texts across Time (20% of final marks)
Content
An Independent, comparative, critical study of texts across time. Assessment is via essay completed in school over period of time.
Assessment
Students will write a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography.

Course content

The course specification is based on a conviction that the study of literature should encourage enjoyment of literary studies based on an informed personal response to a range of texts. It requires candidates to evaluate the significance of cultural, historical and other contextual influences on literary texts, as well as to analyse stylistic details of set texts.
You will learn about the literary qualities and the contexts of a variety of texts from the classics to the very modern literature.
You will develop your appreciation of drama, poetry and prose texts.
You will learn how to evaluate and compare the views of literary critics.

Entry requirements

English Literature – preferably GCSE grade 6
English Language – preferably GCSE grade 6

Assessment

Two exam papers of 2hours 30 minutes at the end of the two year course. (40% each)
A coursework submission (20%)

Financial information

Texts for annotation approximately £85.00
Theatre visits/conferences/author visits - variable
Printed articles approximately £3

Future opportunities

In Higher Education, the English Literature qualification provides a wide range of opportunities for degree courses in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is also welcomed for many different careers because it emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication, plus an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas.

Further information

This is a course for students who have a genuine love of reading and analysing the craft of authors. There is a lot of reading involved. Students will be asked to read each set text several times. The intellectual demands of this high status qualification are considerable but the rewards for suitable candidates are great.
Students are required to purchase independently all texts for annotation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

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

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