English Literature A Level at Stoke Newington School
English will be taught following the full A level curriculum across two years, rather than following the AS level and then the A level course. This means that students will not sit an AS qualification at the end of the first year. Despite this, student performance will be assessed with internal examinations and coursework grades at the end of the first year as a means of determining whether students will be allowed to continue with the course in the second year.
Across the two years, students will study eight set texts across two exam modules: Shakespeare and Poetry Pre-1900 and Comparative Contextual Study and one coursework module. The coursework module will be focused on three texts, a play and two novels, published after 1900 and will account for 20% of the overall grade. Both exams are closed text and account for 40% of the final grade for each. For the comparative contextual study, students will study two texts linked by the theme of The Gothic. At present these texts are The Bloody Chamber & Other Stories by Angela Carter and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. For the Shakespeare and Poetry Pre-1900 module, students will study Hamlet as well as The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and Paradise Lost, books IX and X, by John Milton.
Wider reading is a key feature of the new English literature A level, and you will need to read independently as part of your course, as well as studying particular texts in detail for examination and coursework.
You will have a GCSE grade 5 or above in either language or literature and a 6 or above in your other English course.
English literature A level is a well-respected qualification leading to many degree courses, and valuable for careers in journalism, education, law, business or any other profession that values the knowledge, understanding and insight appropriate to literary study, and accurate and coherent writing.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Newington School directly.