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English A Literature IB Higher Level at Parkside Sixth

Course description

The Literature course develops students’ critical
understanding of a wide range of texts as well as
honing their power of expression in both the written
and verbal form. Throughout the course students
are encouraged to become more independent, from
selecting their own coursework titles, to the wider
reading and critical approaches from which they
can explore the texts. Students explore texts from
a range of places, time periods, and genres to allow
them to get a breadth of experience of literature, as
well as the depth that arises from close study.


Course content

What will I study at Higher Level?
Higher Level students cover 13 texts over their
two-year course in the form of: novels (including
a graphic novel), short stories, essays, poetry,
and drama. All of the texts that students study
are analysed in relation to the wider cultural
considerations, and students are introduced to the
critical approaches for literature, which provides
an excellent grounding for future study. In addition
to promoting the development of a convincing
thesis through effective essay skills, students are
also taught to do this orally through presentations,
commentaries and formal literary discussions.

Some of the writers studied at Higher Level include:
Margaret Atwood, George Orwell, Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie, Marjane Satrapi, and Tennessee

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

IB students take six subjects in total which consists of three subjects at Higher level and three at Standard level. 
For Higher level subjects, you should have GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade B or above in those subjects or related ones. We recommend Higher level Maths, Chemistry and Physics only for those with a grade A or above in GCSE Maths and Science. 

Further information about entry requirements can be found in our  prospectus or on the website. Students also have timetabled sessions for Theory of Knowledge.

If you are applying for the International Baccalaureate, you need to choose six subjects, from a range of different subject areas. For information can be found in our prospectus.

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How will I be assessed at Higher Level?
Literature in Translation: coursework essay (1500
Individual Oral Commentary and Discussion: oral
exam on a text studied and a literary discussion on
a further text studied.
Individual Oral Presentation: a presentation on one
text studied.
Paper One Exam: analysis of one unseen text.

Paper Two Exam: comparative essay of two-three
novels studied.

Future opportunities

Many students of literature at sixth-form continue such study at degree level or move into other areas such as history, law, media-related courses, even sciences.Remember that this course is an excellent preparation for self-study, essay writing and independent analysis that are useful for all courses at degree level and beyond.

Studying a literature-based course in the sixth form keeps your options as open as possible, as English courses at many competitive universities prefer students to have studied literature for IB or A-Level.

In terms of job prospects, literature students can be found a wide number of professions, including writing, politics, journalism, teaching, the Law, marketing and the Media.

Further information

How will I study?

You will have access to excellent resources in our sixth form library, and subject tutors will advise you on the appropriate material. You will undertake independent study, but also have access to plenty of high-quality study support from subject tutors. Seminars will be challenging and dynamic, with plenty of opportunities for you to discuss and develop your ideas.

What extra-curricular activities will there be?

  • A reading society, with outside speakers, debates and virtual discussions with IB students from around the world.
  • Visits in Cambridge and the UK, to listen to talks and to see theatre and film that supports your enjoyment of the course.

We may be able to offerstudents who are bi-lingual the opportunity to take their A1 certificate in their own language.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2018
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