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English Literature A level at Chancellor's School

Course description

This course will appeal to students if they have an interest in reading a wide variety of examples of literature and enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments in text. It will also help develop critical analytical and creative writing skills. There are four units over the course of the two years.

Course content

In both Year 12 & 13 students will cover a wide range of texts, both in class and as part of their independent studies.

In Year 12 the core texts are as follows:

  • Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
  • Educating Rita (Willy Russell)
  • Browning / Rosetti poetry
  • The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
  • Birdsong (Sebastian Faulks)

In Year 13 the core texts are as follows:

  • Much Ado About Nothing and Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)
  • Atonement (Ian McKewan) / Pride & Prejudice (Jane Austen)
  • Independent Novel Study
  • Love through the Ages poetry
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)
  • Orange Are Not the Only Fruit (Winterson)

Entry requirements

Entrants to this AS/A2 course will need to have achieved a grade B in English Literature.

Assessment

Year 12:

Coursework (40%)  1500 word essay on Much Ado about Nothing & 1500 word essay OR recreative task on Educating Rita

Final Examination (60%) 2 hours
Section A: Analysis of one core text
Section B: Analysis and comparison of three core texts

Year 13:

Coursework (40%)  Comparison essay – Shakespeare play, Pride & Prejudice or Atonement & independent novel (3000 words)
Final Examination (60%) (2½ hours)
Analysis and comparison of unseen extracts covering poetry, prose and drama on the theme of Love Through the Ages

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chancellor's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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    • FROM THE NORTH - Take the A1(M) to Hatfield. Exit at Junction 3 and take A1001 signposted Welham Green, then join the A1000 to Potters Bar. After 2 miles at Brookmans Park (transmitting station on left) turn right into George's Wood Road (almost opposite B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.

      FROM M25/SOUTH - From the M25 exit at Junction 24 to Potters Bar. Take the A1000 signposted Hatfield. After about 2.5 miles take a left turn into George's Wood Road (just before B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.