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English Literature A Level at South Cheshire College

Course description

English Literature is for you if you enjoy reading a variety of books, being involved in exploring and analysing texts and if you are prepared to question and debate ideas about literature, society and culture. It is a subject which will sharpen your analytical skills and one which is highly valued by universities and employers for the transferable skills it encourages and develops. It is also a vital course for you if you wish to teach English at high school level or above.

Course content

English Literature is for you if you enjoy reading a variety of books, being involved in exploring and analysing texts and if you are prepared to question and debate ideas about literature, society and culture. It is a subject which will sharpen your analytical skills and one which is highly valued by universities and employers for the transferable skills it encourages and develops. It is also a vital course for you if you wish to teach English at high school level or above.


You will be taught by an enthusiastic and experienced team which includes current A-Level examiners and moderators and you will experience a variety of teaching methods including pair and group work, student presentations and independent research. You will be tutored in examination techniques, given timed exam practice and one-to-one sessions to help you with coursework assignments. You will also have access to a wide range of learning resources and, of course, the opportunity to use the internet and the college's own intranet facilities.

Entry requirements

Generally, a minimum of 2 GCSEs grade B and 3 grade C, including English and Maths, but applicants will be considered on a case by case basis. To study this course you will need a grade B in GCSE English Literature or Language. Previous study of Literature is not essential.

Assessment

The AS will include 2 units:

  • Unit one will be a closed book exam 2 hours and worth 20% of overall A level. It will include questions on prose and drama.
  • Unit two will be an open book exam 1.5 hours and worth 20% of overall A level. It will include poetry analysis.

The A2 will include 3 units:

  • Unit three will be a closed book exam 2 hours and worth 20% of overall A level. It will include questions on pre-1900 poetry and unseen poetry.
  • Unit four will be a closed book exam 1.5 hours and worth 20% of overall A level. It will include two questions on Shakespeare, an essay and an extract.
  • Unit 5 will be a coursework assignment worth 20% of overall A level. It will be on two prose texts, one pre and one post 2000.

Future opportunities

An A-Level in English Literature is valued by both Higher Education establishments and employers, since it is evidence of both a high level of literacy and the ability to think analytically.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Cheshire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

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    • South Cheshire College is situated in Dane Bank Avenue, Crewe and is ideally positioned for easy access. It is on major bus routes and is less than a 15 minute walk from the mainline railway station in Crewe. Junctions 16 and 17 of the M6 motorway are both only a 15 minute drive away and Manchester International airport is just 45 minutes away by rail or road.