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English Literature A level at The Corsham School

Course description

This course develops the enjoyment and appreciation of reading through the study of a range of literature. You are shown how to respond analytically and to explore your ideas through discussion and essays.

This course allows you to study a wide range of books and to explore the ideas and issues arising from them through discussions and written activities. You will be shown how to become more independent and analytical in response to texts, but you will also be given a chance to respond in a more creative and personal manner.  The course assessment arrangements offer both coursework and examinations.

Course content

Paper 1: LITERARY GENRES

Aspects of Tragedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

Paper 2: TEXTS AND GENRES

Elements of Political Writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900

Non-Exam Assessment

Theory and Independence

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.

 

Entry requirements

Students should have a Grade B or above in both English and English Literature.

Assessment

Unit 1 – written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes; closed book; worth 40% of A Level.

Unit 2 – written exam of 3 hours; open book; 40% of A Level.

Unit 3 – two essays of 1200-1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology; 20% of A Level.

Non-Exam Assessment

Theory and Independence

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.

Future opportunities

The Russell Group name English Literature as one of their ‘facilitating subjects’: subjects which they believe open doors to more degrees and professions than others. It is also a useful subject to study in conjunction with others, leading to higher education courses of all types, because it combines a study of interesting and challenging works of literature with opportunities to develop a range of advanced analytical and communication skills. Such skills are also valued by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Corsham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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