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English Literature A level at Chew Valley School

Course description

The challenge of a course that makes you think for yourself. You will learn to communicate ideas critically, analytically and expressively and learn to argue sensitively, incisively and effectively.

Course content

On this course you will enhance your enjoyment of reading and learn to read more perceptively. A wide range of texts and genres are studied. You will learn to explore and consider different people’s perspectives and to communicate your own opinions through discussion. You will learn to become good at argument, by considering creative, abstract and philosophical ideas. You will, of course, develop your skills in written analysis, discussion and criticism.
You need a grade C or better in both English Literature and English Language GCSE for this course.

Entry requirements

Those who enjoy studying the texts on their GCSE course; those who enjoy considering ideas philosophically and through discussion.


AS level:
1. Explorations in prose and poetry: External exam, 2 hours 15min, 60%
You will study a collection of poetry on a common theme, two novels which are to be compared and prepare skills for responding to unseen poetry and prose.

2. Explorations in Drama: Internally-assessed work 2,000-2,500 words, 40%
You will study a play by Shakespeare, to be compared with another play written by any playwright between 1300 and 1800. You will watch film and/or live theatre versions of the plays and explore critical writings about the texts.

A2 level:
3. Interpretations of prose and poetry: External exam, 2 hours 45 mins, 60%
You will study three texts of a variety of prose and poetry through time, which centre around one of these themes: a) Relationships, b) Journeys, c) Identifying self, d) War. You will develop skills in critical appreciation and comparison, as well as an awareness of how contextual factors affect texts.

4.Reflections in Literary Studies: Internally-assessed work,2,500-3,000 words: 40%
Your teacher will help you to choose three texts of any genre, from any time period, for study on a topic of your choice. This is a chance to develop University-level skills in independent research and creative exploration.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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