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English Literature A Level at Pimlico Academy

Course description

As a student of English Literature you will be introduced to a wide range of literature spanning a range of genres, contexts and styles. This course is about exploring worlds, characters, ideas and societies through texts that perhaps you have not yet considered or even thought possible. It has the magical quality of being able to transport you to different times: past and future. Through reading, you can be privy to and understand the most incredible stories and human experiences and situations; broadening your horizons to consider things that otherwise wouldn’t be possible in your communities.

Course content

The course will encourage students to:
- read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves;
- engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
- develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing;
- explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and different interpretations of them.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve grade B or above in English Language and English Literature.


Unit 1- LITB1: Aspects of Narrative
60% of AS, 30% of A level- Written paper. 2 hours. Open book Four texts for study: two novels (at least one written after 1990) and two poetry texts 1800- 1945.

Unit 2 - LITB2: Dramatic Genres 40% of AS, 20% of A level- Coursework
Minimum of two texts for study within genre of comedy. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework (one may be re-creative) each 1200-1500 words.

Unit 3 - LITB3: Texts and Genres 30% of total A Level- Written paper. 2 hours.Closed book
Minimum of three texts for study (including at least one text from 1300-1800.) Candidates choose one topic area for study: Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral.

Unit 4 - LITB4: Further and Independent Reading -20% of A Level- Coursework
Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pimlico Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2017
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