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English Literature AS/A2 at St John Bosco Arts College

Course description

The English Literature A level is split over two years, with pupils gaining an AS level at the end of year 12 and the full A level if they complete the A2 level in year 13.

Both years of the course require pupils to study a wide range of poetry, prose and drama in preparation for both coursework assessments and the exam.

Pupils take the knowledge and skills they acquired during their GCSEs and apply and develop this to the A level texts. All students are exposed to a variety of established writers from the canon of English Literature whilst also studying contemporary, award winning texts and exploring the links between the old and new.

In addition to this, pupils are encouraged to work more independently and to read for pleasure whenever possible in order to increase their awareness of the writer’s craft.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English Literature or Language

Assessment

During year 12 pupils are required to submit two pieces of written coursework based on the tragedy genre. This is worth 40% of the AS level (20% of the A level).

At the end of year 12 pupils must sit their AS level exam which requires them to write about the three texts (two collections of poetry, one prose text) they have studied across the year. This is worth 60% of the AS level (30% of the A level).

In year 13 pupils are required to submit a further two pieces of coursework for which students have the freedom to choose their texts, task and supporting material. This is worth 20% of the overall A level.

At the end of year 13 pupils must sit their A2 level exam which requires them to write about the three texts (one drama, two prose) they have studied across the year. This is worth 30% of the overall A level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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