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English Literature AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

This specification is built on a central organising principle: that the exploration of reading processes can be an interesting and enriching way to approach literary texts. Within this central idea, Literature is seen as consisting of possible groups of texts which can be categorised, and whose meaning can be negotiated in many different ways. In AS the focus is on comparing the ways in which stories are told and thereby construct different realities. At A2 this foundation is extended in two main ways: by looking in more detail at the way texts reproduce cultural meanings; and by considering the ways in which texts can be subjected to different types of critical approach, yielding different and potentially challenging interpretations.

 

Course content

Units at AS Level LITB1: Aspects of Narrative (examination 60% of AS, 30% of A Level) Four texts for study: two novels (at least one post 1990) and two poetry texts 1800-1945. LITB2: Dramatic Genres (coursework 40% of AS, 20% of A Level) Two texts studied within the dramatic genre of Comedy. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework each 1200-1500 words. Units at A Level LITB3: Texts and Genres (examination 30% of total A Level) Three texts studied including at least one text 1300-1800, on the topic area of study ‘Elements of the Gothic ‘. LITB4: Further and Independent Reading (coursework 20% of total A Level) Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts (1500-2000); an application of an aspect of pre-released critical anthology to a literary text (1200-1500)

Assessment

AS: Examination 60% + Coursework 40% A2: Examination 30% of total A Level + Coursework 20% of total A level

Future opportunities

This specification is built on a central organising principle: that the exploration of reading processes can be an interesting and enriching way to approach literary texts. Within this central idea, Literature is seen as consisting of possible groups of texts which can be categorised, and whose meaning can be negotiated in many different ways. In AS the focus is on comparing the ways in which stories are told and thereby construct different realities. At A2 this foundation is extended in two main ways: by looking in more detail at the way texts reproduce cultural meanings; and by considering the ways in which texts can be subjected to different types of critical approach, yielding different and potentially challenging interpretations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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