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English Literature A level at Gateacre School

Course description

English Literature is one of the most popular and successful A level subjects at Gateacre. Students study a variety of literary periods and genres and are introduced to the conventions of literary study and critical thinking. The course also focuses on the social, historical and cultural contexts in which literary texts are written and understood.

The course is divided into 4 units: 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification. There is a compulsory coursework component to both the AS and A2 qualifications.

Course content

As (2 units)

LT1 30% 2 ½ hour Written Paper (open text)
60 marks (120 UMS)

Poetry and Drama 1

  • Section A: Poetry post-1900 (Carol Ann Duffy and Sheenagh Pugh)
  • Two texts: choice of 1 from 2 questions (40 marks)
  • Section B: Drama post-1990 (Broken Glass, Arthur Miller)
  • One text: choice of 1 from 2 questions (20 marks)

LT2 20% Internal Assessment
80 marks (80 UMS)

Prose Study & Creative Reading

  • Section A: Prose Study 1800-1945 (The Awakening, Kate Chopin and the Yellow Wallpaper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman)
  • Two texts: one piece of extended writing (40 marks)
  • Section B: Creative Reading (Student's own choice of text from an approved list)
  • One text: one piece of extended creative writing in response to wider
  • Reading of prose (20 marks) + commentary (20 marks)

A Level (the above plus a further 2 units)

LT3 20% Internal Assessment
40 marks (80 UMS)

Period and Genre Study

  • Three texts: One piece of extended writing (3000 words) on texts from different periods and genres, including poetry and prose: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare's sonnets.

LT2 20% 2 ½ hour Written Paper (closed text)
80 marks (120 UMS)

Poetry and Drama 2

  • Section A: Critical Reading of Poetry
  • One text: pre-1800 poetry (The wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale, Chaucer) + unseen poetry, choice of 1 from 5 questions (40 marks)
  • Section B: Shakespeare and Related Drama
  • Two texts: King Lear and Oedipus Rex. Choice of 1 from 2 questions (40 marks)

Candidates must have an interest in Literature and enjoy reading. Enthusiasm for creative writing is also advantageous. The qualification is well respected and desirable for all university Bachelor of Arts courses.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or above in English Language or Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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