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English Literature A2 at University Academy Keighley

Course description

At A2, the specification synthesises the skills and learning of the whole course. Candidates will prepare for a paper that will contain unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary on the theme of ‘Love Through the Ages’. In Unit 4, candidates will be encouraged to reflect on ways of reading and writing about texts.

Course content

Skills: You will acquire a wide range of valuable and transferable skills, including analysing and evaluating information from texts; discussing with others and supporting one’s own opinions with evidence; reading widely, independently and critically.Possible progression: Higher Education – valuable for both Arts and Science courses.  Of direct use in a wide range of careers where creative and analytical writing and language skills are required e.g. journalism, business, accountancy, ICT, management, teaching and law.

Entry requirements

A least a Grade C in GCSE English Language and in English Literature.  A recommendation from your English teacher.  A genuine interest in and commitment to reading


Year Two – A2Unit 3Reading for Meaning – Written Paper 2 hours 20 minutes (Closed Book)-      Four unseen extracts for close study, comparison and critical commentaryTwo compulsory questions:-      One comparing two extracts of the same genre, with close reading of the texts and reference to the wider reading of love poetry-      One comparing two extracts (of the remaining two genres) using wider reading of love through literature to inform interpretations.Subject Content: Love Through the Ages- Students should read at least the equivalent of three texts of this theme including:-      The three genres of prose, poetry and drama-      Literature written by both men and women-      Literature written through time-      Some non-fiction texts.30% of A2Unit 4Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study – Coursework.  One piece of work:An extended essay (3000 words) comparing three texts and focused on:-      comparison-      appreciation of the writers choices of form, structure and language-      exploring interpretations of texts-      some understanding of the significance of context.Subject Content:  Free choice of three texts with a shared theme-      A Shakespeare play-      Any two other texts of any genre (not already studies at AS)20% of A2

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year