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English Literature A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

A Level English Literature includes the study of a range of literature including both modern and pre-twentieth century texts. The AS course is anchored by the central theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ and students will study a range of texts from the genres of poetry, prose and drama. The course engenders a sense of the development of English literature over time through the placing of texts within their contexts. Students are encouraged to read widely around the thematic focus in order to gain a wider perspective on the history of literature. The course is assessed through two exams.

Course content

Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry
You will study a Shakespeare play focussing on the ways in which the theme of love is explored through language and dramatic technique. The exam will require an analysis of a particular passage from the play. In addition, you will study an anthology of love poetry, either pre or post 1900 in preparation for a question on the poet’s presentation of attitudes to love

Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose
In this unit you will develop your ability to analyse unseen prose extracts. Further to this you will study two novels and develop your ability to compare texts in preparation for a comparative essay question in the exam. The exam is open book.

Year 2

Paper 1: Love through the Ages
You will study a Shakespeare play focussing on the ways in which the theme of love is explored through language and dramatic technique. You will also study one prose and one poetry text, one of which must have been written pre-1900 and one post-1900. The exam will ask you to relate a printed extract from your studied play to the play as a whole. You will learn to respond to unseen poetry and to compare prose and poetry texts as both skills will be tested in the exam.

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts Modern times: Literature from 1945 to the present day.
You will study three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000. The exam will test your ability to compare texts and to respond to unseen texts in addition to responding to individual texts in a detailed manner.

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time.
You will undertake a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. You will choose your texts in consultation with your teacher in order to produce an extended essay of 2500 words together with a supporting bibliography.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language and Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature.

Assessment

Lessons are designed to encourage active student participation. Discussion and group or individual presentations are regular features. Students should be prepared to talk about their own responses to texts and consider alternative interpretations. A genuine interest in reading a range of texts is essential if you are to enjoy the course and succeed. Students are expected to support the study of set texts with extensive background reading.

Future opportunities

English is a subject that demands flexible thinking skills and a fluent writing style. It is therefore an asset in all areas of further study and training. It is a good basis from which to study areas such as law, journalism and medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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