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English Literature A Level at Matravers School

Course description

Do you enjoy a good story? How about a gripping drama? Do you appreciate the power of language? Then this subject should stimulate and reward further study. You will read a range of literature, written in a variety of contexts, that should fire the imagination, as well as open your mind to different historical, political and cultural ideas and viewpoints. The course will offer the traditional and the modern, ranging from Shakespeare to Victorian Literature to twentieth century novels and drama. You will be given the chance to see writers and texts in performance and you will be encouraged to form independent opinions and judgements and to contribute to lively debate and discussion. The course is assessed through written exam and coursework.

Course content

AS English

Paper 1 is a closed book exam of 1 hour and thirty minutes responding to a Shakespeare play with an AQA anthology of poetry on the theme of Love through the Ages. (50% of AS Level)

Paper 2 is centred around prose on the same theme of Love through the Ages. This is an open book exam of 1 hour and thirty minutes. (50% of A Level)

These examinations will serve as excellent preparation and practice for the complete A Level as there is a great deal of crossover.

A Level English

Paper 1: The study of one poetry, one prose and one Shakespeare play. 3 hours. Open book on Section C only. Section A: Shakespeare – One passage-based question with linked essay Section B: Unseen poetry – Compulsory essay question on two unseen poems Section C: Comparing texts – One essay question linking two texts 40% of A Level

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts. (WW1 or Modern Times) Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text. Section B: One essay question linking two texts. 40% of A Level. Non-exam assessment: A comparative, critical study of two texts in an extended essay of 2500 words. 20% of A Level


Future opportunities

An education in English Language and Literature opens up a whole range of possibilities – from a career in Journalism or Education, to Advertising or Business. Every year students go on to study for a degree in English or English focused degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

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