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English Literature A Level at John Masefield High School

Course description

The first year of this course introduces students to the discipline of advanced literary study and requires focused study on the content, context and reception of literature. The second year extends and builds on this study and develops the skills needed to analyse, evaluate and compare literary works.

Course content

Drama: Tragedy. Othello by William Shakespeare is studied; a critical anthology is also used to develop understanding of existing literary scholarship and how to use it. A Streetcar Named Desire, studied in the first year, is revised. Questions set on each text (not together) in the externally assessed written examination.

Prose. The two novels studied in year 12 are the set texts for this externally assessed written examination.
Poetry. A second collection – focusing on the Romantic movement - is studied. The externally assessed written examination has one question on poetry from the Romantics, with a second essay question on the twenty-first poetry studied in Y12.

Entry requirements

To start this course you will need at least a B (new grade 6) in GCSE English Literature and be a very keen reader.

Future opportunities

Because of the recognition of the subject generally, students will be able to use the skills they improve in English Literature in an extensive range of careers. The development of written and verbal communication skills, the ability to use words to your advantage and to be able to think and respond analytically clearly transfers from A-Level to degree level (any subject) and a huge range of career pathways.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Masefield High School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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