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English Literature AS A2 at Prince William School

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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.

Entry requirements

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.

Future opportunities

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.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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