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English Literature AS and A Level *Fees Payable* at St Christopher School

Course description

The study of English Literature at A level opens the door to texts that have shaped, explored and reflected the world in which we live. At the heart of this study are three core skill areas, each one of them central to our lives beyond the classroom: the ability to read critically and to explore ideas and stories in literature; the ability to discuss and debate points of view, weigh up evidence and synthesise arguments; and the ability to translate complex ideas into cogent, coherent writing that considers diverse viewpoints before reaching an evaluative, personal conclusion. Studying English Literature at A level not only gives you access to a wealth of amazing writing but also prepares you for the rest of your life because, above all, it is about communication. More than that, it aims to nurture and develop a lasting love and appreciation of literature.

English Literature is seen by universities and employers as a substantial, academic subject. It is a demanding subject but also an empowering one, leading to a host of transferable skills.

Course content

AS Level English Literature (Edexcel-Pearson specification 8ET0)

Component One (8ETO/01) 

Poetry and Drama

Section A

One essay from a choice of two questions comparing a named poem with a free choice of second poem, both from the studied anthology collection
24 marks

Section B

One essay, from a choice of two, on a modern drama text.
(A Streetcar Named Desire)
48 marks

Component Two (8ETO/01)
 

Prose

One essay comparing two texts, from a choice of two questions, on a studied theme – the supernatural. (Dracula andThe Picture of Dorian Gray)
44 marks

A Level English Literature (Edexcel-Pearson specification9ET0)

Component One (9ET0/01)

Drama - Tragedy

Section A
35 marks
One essay from a choice of two on a Shakespeare text, linked to wider critical reading. (Hamlet)

Section B
25 marks
One essay, from a choice of two, on a modern drama text.
(A Streetcar Named Desire)

Component Two (9ET0/02)

Prose

40 marks
One essay comparing two texts, from a choice of two questions, on a studied theme – the supernatural. (Dracula andThe Picture of Dorian Gray)

Component Three (9ET0/03)
 

Poetry

Section A
30 marks
One essay, from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem written post-2000 in comparison with a named poem from a prescribed anthology:
Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002-2011

Section B
30 marks
One essay, from a choice of two, on a studied poet or poetry from a studied literary period

Component Four (9ET0/04)

Coursework
One extended comparative essay, on two student-chosen texts, of 2500 to 3000 words

Entry requirements

Under normal circumstances, students should have passes in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE grade B or above: the ability to critically evaluate texts and the ability to write well are equally important.  In addition, students should have a genuine enthusiasm for reading literature, as well as writing and talking about the texts.  As with most subjects at this level, the ability and desire to study independently and read widely is essential.

Assessment

Lessons are held in our dedicated Sixth Form teaching room and involve a good deal of shared reading and discussion, with videos and web-based resources also being used.  The learning includes substantial group and paired work as well as individual study. In addition, students will be required to undertake substantial reading and writing assignments outside the class.  Lessons are often supplemented by theatre visits and conferences on texts.

Financial information

Fees will be payable for this course. Further details regarding scholarships, bursaries and exact fees are available on the website.

Future opportunities

The qualification is very versatile and will be useful in every conceivable job or area of life; evidence of literacy, critical thinking and communication skills is always valued.  An A Level in English Literature obviously complements other Arts and Humanities subjects but it is also highly valued by universities in an application for any degree course.

Further information

Please be aware that St Chris Sixth Form is a fee-paying independent provider.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Christopher School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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