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GCE A Level English Literature at Bournville College

Course description

This course is based on the study of 4 main areas of English Literature: Shakespeare, Drama, Poetry and novel. You will develop an understanding of how writers create a piece of literature and the importance of the context in which it is written and read.

Course content

To obtain a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary GCE, you will need to have studied for and been assessed in 2 AS units.

To obtain a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied for and been assessed on your performance in 2 AS units together with 2 A2 units.

The Modules available at AS are:
Module 1 Introduction to the Study of Literature
This module is designed to introduce you to the study of Literature through the study of two novels.  These are HG Wells ‘War of the Worlds’ alongside Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse Five’.  You will study the form, structure and language of the novels and also the context in which they are written. There is also a new and exciting part of the English literature course here where you will have the opportunity to develop your own creative writing work also.

Module 2 Genre Study: Poetry and Drama
You will develop your responses to drama and poetry through study of a contemporary play by Mamet ‘Olenna’ and two further twentieth century poetry selections by Carol Ann Duffy and Sheenah Pugh. Assessment will be in the form of a written exam.

The Modules available in A2 are:
Module 3 Comparing Texts
You will focus on the comparison between one prose text and one other text.  One text will be set by your tutor and you will have some choice over the other text, which must be from a different period or of a different type.  Assessment will be by production of a coursework folder containing a 3000 word essay.

Module 4 Set Texts: Drama before 1770
You will study 3 texts, one narrative poem (Geoffrey Chaucer) and two drama texts (Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’) linked to Oedipus Rex by Sophocles comparing cultural and historical context.  You will also study the form, structure and language of the texts and research and analyse different interpretations of these texts.  Assessment will be in the form of a written exam.

Specification at a Glance English Literature
AS Examination
Unit 1 - Introduction to the Study of Literature
Coursework: 40% of the total AS marks 15% of the total A Level marks. Open choice text

Unit 2 - Genre Study: Poetry & Prose Examination: 60% of the total AS marks 17½% of the total A Level marks 2 hours

A2 Examination
Unit 1 - Genre Study: Drama
Coursework: 40% of the total AS marks 15% of the total A Level marks. Open choice text

Unit 2 - Synoptic Unit
Examination: 60% of the total AS marks 17½% of the total A Level marks 2 hours

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's at grade C and above, including at least a grade C in English.

Assessment

Students are assessed by a mixture of external exam at the end of the Summer term and by internal coursework. In the case of the coursework students must complete 2 independent pieces of work with the support of their tutor.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in English Literature, you could go into higher education and/or work in the media and communication industry, teaching, administration, publishing or librarianship.

Further information

If you are interested in studying this course please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300

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: 08 August 2016
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