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A Level English Literature at Ousedale School

Course description

The broad aim of the course is to encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of literature, where personal and critical response is extremely important. Students will constantly be asked what they think and feel about a variety of questions, issues and problems which arise from the literature studied. Discussion, in small or large groups, will form the major part of lessons where students will be able to articulate their opinions, argue their ideas as well as being able to challenge the opinions of others, including staff! Material discussed in class will inevitably be of use in the essays which students will be expected to submit on a regular basis.

The course encourages students to explore aspects of a central literary theme as seen over time in ‘Love through the ages,’ using unseen material and set texts. In the ‘Texts in Shared Contexts’ module, students are encouraged to explore aspects of literature connected through a period of time, for example ‘Modern Times: literature from 1945 to the present day.’ There is a compulsory Shakespeare element at both AS and A Level, along with the opportunity to read and study a range of prose, poetry and drama texts. Therefore a love of reading is essential.

Successful completion of the Literature course will require a confident and competent grasp of more than just basic English skills on the part of the candidate. It cannot be over emphasised that the most successful entrants are those who contribute to discussion regularly and who demonstrate a willingness to have their own views examined critically by others. In every respect, the Literature course opens up a wonderfully rich experience to the keen, interested student.

English Literature Advanced Level offers more than just a content based course - we offer a way of viewing literature which allows the student to reflect more generally on the influences affecting his or her daily life. In this respect, the course as taught is an excellent preparation for coping with the rigours of college/university or the demands of a work environment where sensitivity to others is an essential component of successful communication and achievement.

Course content

Paper 1: Love through the ages
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts

Non exam assessment: Independent Critical Study - Texts across Time.

Entry requirements

5 x A* - C at GCSE level with Minimum Grade B in English Language and Literature GCSE


Non-exam assessment: 20% Examination: 80%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ousedale School directly.

Last updated date: 06 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years