English Literature A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy
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.
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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
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.