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A Level English Literature at Swakeleys School for Girls

Course description

It is essential to enjoy reading as students study a number of texts in the first year including modern fiction, drama and poetry. In the second year students will study texts from a wide range of classic and modern poetry, prose and drama, including Shakespeare. The ability to critically analyse texts, alongside an openness to a range of approaches and views, is very important. The course also requires candidates to explore literature through their own wider reading. There may also be the opportunity to attend theatre trips.

Course content

Paper One

Choice of two options
Option 1A: Aspects of Tragedy
Option 1B: Aspects of Comedy

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
Choice of two options
Option 2A: Elements of Crime Writing
Option 2B: Elements of Political Writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text: one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre- 1900

Entry requirements

An A*- B grade in both English Language and English Literature are essential.

Future opportunities

The full A-level in English Literature offers a foundation for entry to degree courses in a variety of humanities and arts subjects. It is directly relevant to careers in media, education and publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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