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A Level English Literature at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

This subject offers the opportunity to further develop your interest in, and enjoyment of, English Literature through reading and discussing a range of texts critically and independently.

Course content

Component 01 - Shakespeare + Drama and poetry pre-1900- 40%
Written paper - 60 marks -Closed text - 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 02 - Comparative and contextual study – 40%

  •  Close reading in chosen topic area
  •  Comparative and contextual study from chosen topic area

Written paper - 60 marks - Closed text - 2 hours 30 minutes

Component 03 - Literature post-1900 – 20%

  •  Critical piece OR re-creative writing piece with commentary
  •  Comparative essay – synoptic assessment

Non examined assessment - 40 marks

You will study a variety of poetry, drama and prose spanning several centuries. Component 1 have a focus on pre- 1900 texts such as Shakespeare, John Webster, Geoffrey Chaucer. Component 2 will have a focus on a specific genre such as The Gothic, Dystopia or American Literature. These will cover 1880- 1940. Pupils will be expected to read widely outside the set texts in order to become experts in the genre. Component 3 will include modern poetry, drama and prose.

There are three modules over the two years. Internal Mock exams will take place in Year 12. Final Exams will be taken at the end of Year 13. Overall 11 or 12 texts will be studied over the two years although they vary in depth and complexity. They will include: prose, poetry, drama and literary criticism. There are two closed-book examinations which carry 80% of the total marks. There is a coursework folder to produce. This is worth 20% of the total marks.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature grade B or GCSE Combined English grade A. Students must have an average GCSE point score of 44 points.

Future opportunities

A Level English Literature is the perfect stepping stone towards any communication-based careers: journalism, law, performing arts, education etc. This is a “facilitating subject” for Russell Group Universities and is therefore seen as an accepted subject for most degrees in combination with other academic subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.