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English Literature A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

English Literature is a highly regarded A Level. Universities and employers view it as a versatile qualification showing that a student can think deeply, communicate clearly, and write with flair and accuracy.

This course of study will be useful to all students, whether they are specialising in arts or science subjects, but it will be most enjoyable for those who like reading and expressing their opinions in writing and in discussion.

The course aims to:
- Encourage development of interest and enjoyment in literary studies through reading widely, independently and critically
- Introduce students to the traditions of English Literature
- Enable students to use critical concepts and terminology
- Reflect on their responses to texts and consider other readers’ interpretations
- Be aware of the contexts in which texts were written
- Explore comparisons and connections between texts
- Appreciate the significance of cultural and historical influences on readers and writers

 

Course content

AS level
Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry Candidates study a Shakespeare play and a collection of poetry.

Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose Candidates will study two prose texts. The examination requires students to write about an unseen prose extract and then compare two previously studied prose texts.

A Level
Paper 1: Love through the Ages Candidates study a Shakespeare play, collection of poetry and at least one prose text.

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
Candidates study a wide range of texts including plays, poetry and prose texts on one of the following topics: Either ‘World War One and its aftermath’ Or ‘Modern times- Literature from 1945 to the present day’

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time
In this unit, students will have the opportunity to write a sustained comparative essay on two texts of their choice.

Possible texts:
Students will study an interesting mixture of modern literature and texts from the English literary heritage. Authors studied for examination or coursework might include:
Prose: Emily Bronte, L.P.Hartley, Sebastian Faulks, Margaret Atwood

Poetry: John Keats, Christina Rossetti, Carol Ann Duffy

Drama: William Shakespeare, Tennesse Williams, Caryl Churchill

 

Entry requirements

Minimum C grade at GCSE in English Literature. B grade preferred.

Assessment

AS

Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry
1 hour 30 minutes exam
50% of AS Level

Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose
1 hour 30 minutes exam
50% of AS Level

A Level

Paper 1: Love through the Ages
3 hour exam
40% of A Level

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
2 hours 30 minutes exam
40% of A Level

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time
2,500 words
20% of A Level

Future opportunities

English Literature is an excellent route into many interesting careers including journalism, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, human resources, the creative industries and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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