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English Literature AS/A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

This course aims to develop your enjoyment of reading and encourages you to become more independent and reflective. You will experience a broad range of texts and learn skills of critical analysis. Furthermore, you will have a choice of texts during the study of some units. All students will study AS in preparation for A2 as a ‘standalone’ qualification. It is advisable that students have a love of reading and an ability to write with academic flair and precision although support and guidance will of course be given.

Course content

Both years involve the study of a range of texts and present opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. Year 12 will focus upon Prose texts: Bronte’s’ ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ before moving on to the study of poetry (Carol Ann Duffy) and Drama (Doctor Faustus). Year 13 involves an Independent Prose Study of a Pre-2000 and Post-2000 novel as well as an analysis of modern and traditional Poetry and Drama assessed under examination conditions. Teaching will be thorough, academic but will offer opportunities for fun and creativity.

Areas to be covered for AS
- Pre and Post 1900 Prose
- Poetry
- Drama

Areas to be covered for A Level
- Pre and Post 1900 Poetry
- Shakespeare
- Prose Study
- Pre and Post 1900 Drama

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C GCSEs with specifically grade B or above in English Language and English Literature

Future opportunities

English Literature helps to develop skills of communication and empathy and offers a wide range of career prospects including teaching, journalism, publishing, law, advertising and civil service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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