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English Literature A level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

English Literature allows students to read widely and independently and engage with texts critically and creatively. You will develop, and effectively apply, your knowledge of literary analysis which will enable students to develop their own critical voice by exposing you to key authors and critics and the way such writers have responded to texts and contexts.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C which should include English and Maths.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to resit them during their AS year.


Learning and Assessment

Component One: Drama (30%)
Students study aspects of the form of drama via two plays. You will be expected to show knowledge and understanding of how playwrights use dramatic forms to shape meaning in drama texts and evoke responses in audiences.

Component Two: Prose (20%)
Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, one of which will be pre-1900. Literary study of both texts selected for this component will incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Component Three: Poetry (30%)
Students will study a selection of poems from two published poetry texts and will consider the concerns and choices of modern-day poets in a selection of contemporary poems.

Component Four: Coursework (20%)
Coursework will be assessed via two texts. Texts can be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction. 

Future opportunities

English Literature can be studied as a single subject or can be combined with English Language or a wide range of other subjects. It can also form the basis for a wide range of Arts or Humanities based degrees, such as Law, History and the Social Sciences.

It could also lead students to a number of English related degrees, specifically creative writing and journalism, and it could be a core subject for a teaching qualification. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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