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English Literature A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

English Literature is an interesting and highly regarded subject for study at AS and A Level. Studying English Literature gives you the opportunity to explore the experiences, imaginations and views of a diverse range of authors from the fourteenth century to contemporary writing.

There are no easy answers in the study of Literature; you will be encouraged to form your own personal interpretations of texts and use your judgement to develop your own areas of interest.

Course content

See above and Assessment boxes.

Entry requirements

C in English Literature at GCSE Level.


AS LEVEL Core content:

3.1 Literary Genres Assessments Paper 1: Literary Genres: Drama Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (closed book) 50 marks: 50% of AS level - Study of one Shakespeare play and one further drama text.

Paper 2: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (open book) 50 marks: 50% of AS level - Study of one prose text and one poetry text.

A2 LEVEL Core content: 3.1 Literary Genres 3.2 Texts and Genres 3.3 Theory and Independence Assessments Paper 1: Literary Genres Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (closed book) 75 marks: 40% of A-level - Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

Paper 2: Texts and Genres Written exam: 3 hours (open book) 75 marks: 40% of A-level - Study of three texts: one post- 2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Examination will include an unseen passage. Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence 50 marks: 20% of A-level (assessed by teachers; moderated by AQA) - Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.

Two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary

Future opportunities

As well as helping you to develop a love of reading, studying English Literature in the Sixth Form gives you a range of transferable skills that can take you in many career directions. Universities and employers value English Literature as a subject area as it builds skills of analysis, evaluation, interpretation, clarity of communication and the ability to express a reasoned argument.

English Literature would be a valuable area of study for anyone wishing to pursue an essay based subject at university such as Law, Politics, Philosophy or History or obviously the study of English Literature at a higher level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years