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English Literature A-Level at Tavistock Community College

Course description

The first year of this course is an AS level qualification and consists of 2 units of study. The student may continue to study for a second year in order to gain an A2 qualification. Literature deals with the big human issues, and provides insight into how these have affected individuals over the centuries. It requires reading at the highest level, with empathy, intuition and inference. You will learn to write well about literature; this means maintaining organisation and clarity, while dealing with issues that are complex and never black and white. If you can write well about poetry you can write well about anything! The units studied at AS level are: • Unit 1 – Explorations in prose and poetry – including texts from 1800 to 1945. This includes one prescribed selection of poetry based on the themes of Land, Home or Work; one prescribed core literary heritage novel and one further novel or novella • Unit 2 – Explorations in drama. This focuses on the study of Shakespeare and drama, including plays from 1300 to 1800. Free choice of Shakespeare and other texts. Assessment: 2000-2500 words maximum, including quotations The units studied at A2 level are: • Unit 3 – Interpretations of prose and poetry, including texts published after 1990. This involves three prescribed texts from a choice of six, including at least one text published after 1990 and both prose and poetry. Texts are compared. • Unit 4 – Reflections in literary studiesPoetry, prose or drama for independent study. Free choice of texts. Assessment: 2500-3000 words maximum, including quotations

Entry requirements

5 A* - C grades including a B grade in the chosen (or appropriate alternative) subject


Unit 1 and 3 are examinations (60%); Unit 2 and 4 are coursework (40%)

Future opportunities

This subject supports university study or employment in fields such as journalism, social sciences, law etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tavistock Community College directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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