English Literature AS A2 at Prince William School
AIMS OF THE COURSEAS and A level English Literature are dynamic and varied courses which aim to introduce students to a wide range of literature. A close study of set texts and a challenging personal reading programme encourage students to develop a sharp critical insight into how writers use form, structure and language to express meaning. We also delve into the fascinating historical and social contexts of the literature studied. YEAR 1 – AS EXAMINATIONUnit 1: Introduction to the study of Literature – Modular examination 1 ¾ hours (17.5% A, 35% AS). Students study one text for this unit, for example: Graham Swift “Waterland” F. Scott Fitzgerald “The Great Gatsby”Unit 2: Genre Study Drama and Poetry – Modular examination 1¼ hours (17.5% A, 35% AS). Students study two texts for this unit, for example: Chaucer, Blake, John Donne, Tennessee Williams, Caryl Churchill or John OsborneUnit 3: Coursework: Shakespeare – submitted in the spring term (15% A, 30% AS). YEAR 2 – A2 EXAMINATIONUnit 4: Coursework: Comparing Texts Students are encouraged to select their own texts for this assignment (15%).Unit 5: Set texts: Drama before 1770, Poetry before 1900 – Modular exam 2 hours (15%). Students study two texts.Unit 6: Exploring Texts – End of course examination 3 hours (20%). Students are expected to analyse pre-release and unseen texts. Pre-release material is given just before the exam. TEACHING METHODSThese can be varied, but will certainly involve a mixture of staff input and student discussion.
Students need to be aware that whilst they may have been successful at gaining a C grade at GCSE, this A level course is significantly more challenging. Therefore, we would expect students to achieve at least a B grade in order to gain entry on the course.
English Literature is seen as a prestigious academic subject and can be used to access a wide range of university courses and career opportunities.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.