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English Literature at Saint John Bosco College

Course description

English Literature A level 

WHY CHOOSE A-LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE?
This A Level is an ideal choice for anyone who loves reading and is interested in debating the big questions affecting the human psyche.  This is an accessible and stimulating course where you will engage with a variety of texts.  You will be taught in small seminar style groups by well qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.  Lessons will be enjoyable, varied and will encourage you to become an independent thinker and an effective communicator.  The work set will challenge students so you are pushed to achieve your full potential.  

 

Course content

This A Level is an ideal choice for anyone who loves reading and is interested in debating the big questions affecting the human psyche.  This is an accessible and stimulating course where you will engage with a variety of texts.  You will be taught in small seminar style groups by well qualified, enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.  Lessons will be enjoyable, varied and will encourage you to become an independent thinker and an effective communicator.  The work set will challenge students so you are pushed to achieve your full potential

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature grade B.

Assessment

A/S:
 
Unit 1
Two hours examination on four texts   
(60% of total AS mark)
(30% of total A2 mark)
 
Unit 2: Coursework folder of two pieces  
(40% of total AS mark)
(20% of total A2 mark)
 
A2:
 
Unit 3: Two hour examination
(30% of total A2 mark)
 
Unit 4: Coursework folder of two pieces       
(20% of total A2 mark)

Future opportunities

It is a highly respected A Level that can be instrumental in helping students gain university places in a variety of subjects at Russell Group universities.   Students will gain a wide range of academic skills through a subject that promotes the development of transferable skills.  English students are taught to think analytically and consider different interpretations.  One of the most important skills students will learn is how to writer coherently and critically.  This is an essential skill that will assist them in their other subjects and is invaluable in higher education and the world of employment.  .  
 
 
 

Further information

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU?
 
You will be expected to be spending at least three to four hours a week reading.  This should include wider reading around the text you are studying.  You should be reading as widely as you can across a range of different genres.  If you do not enjoy reading this is not the course for you. 
 
A-Levels require much more independent learning than GGCEs whilst your teacher will guide and support you; your progress will very much depend on YOU! You will be set homework or reading after every lesson.  This needs to be completed on time and to a high standard as the work set will often feed into our work in the next lesson.  Students who have not completed the required work will not be allowed into the lesson.  You will also be expected to prepare presentations and mini-seminars to deliver to your classmates at different points in your study.
 
Attendance is also vital.  You need to be in every lesson otherwise you will fall behind.  Obviously there are valid reasons for missing a lesson but it is your responsibility to find out what work you have missed from the teacher/classmates. 
 
Participation in lessons is also required as much of our work in class will be discussion based to develop your understanding.  The more active a role you take the better the lesson will be.  Finally, we expect you will enjoy your learning.  English is a fantastic subject to study and we hope you will have fun whilst achieving a very high grade.  

For further information please contact:

Ms L Gaffney              

Head of English   

lgaffney@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint John Bosco College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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  • Start date: Next September

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