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A Level English Literature at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description

Course Overview

This course is based on an A2 coursework and examination mix studied over two years, with both the A2
coursework and examination being delivered in Y13. We have carefully selected the texts and a path through the course which we believe will most engage our students and enable them to achieve most highly. The elements of the course are as follows:


· Texts in Shared Contexts: WW1 and its Aftermath (Year 12—key texts: “Regeneration”, “My Boy Jack” and “The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen” plus a study of unseen prose.)

· Love Through the Ages: (Year 13—key texts: “Othello”, poetry from an anthology published by AQA,
“The Great Gatsby” and a study of unseen poetry.

Independent critical Study: Texts Across Time (End of Year 12—Year 13 Easter. Core Text
“Great Expectations” plus another text of the student’s choice for comparison.)

Course content


Texts in Shared Contexts (Paper 2, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Section A: An essay question based on “Regeneration”.

Section B: A comparative question based on “My Boy Jack” and “The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen” PLUS a compulsory question on an unseen prose extract linked to the study of these texts.


Love through the Ages (Paper 1, 3 hours)

Section A: A detailed analysis and essay based on an extract from “Othello”
Section B: A comparative question based on unseen love poetry.

Section C: A comparative question based on the AQA anthology and “The Great Gatsby”.

Coursework (20% of the marks)

Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

Comparative critical study of two texts: “Great Expectations” (taught in class) and another text chosen by the
student (and studied independently). The student produces an extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography.


Entry requirements

Students must be active and independent readers of literary prose; this is an essential requirement for the coursework task and students must be used to engaging with texts at a high level.


Future opportunities

Where can this course take me?

Law, Journalism, Teaching (both primary and secondary), Social Work, Librarian, Research, Media:
English Literature is one of the A-Levels recommended for Russell Group applicants.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year