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English Literature A Level at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

English includes three central activities. ‘Firstly, the cultural aspect, in which you engage primarily with literary texts and discuss key issues and values. Secondly, there is the functional or instrumental aspect in which you acquire and understand modes of communication and how to successfully operate them. Finally, there is the creative aspect. This is of increasing importance and includes not only ‘creative writing’, but also the broad appreciation of intellectual and aesthetic creativity and originality’. (Rick Rylance Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Council). The English Literature course focuses on Drama, Poetry, Novels and Shakespeare; if you love reading and critical thinking this is the course for you.

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1: Study of one Shakespeare play (Othello) and one further drama text (Death of a Salesman) – Closed book (50% of AS)

Paper 2: Study of one prose text (Tess of the D’Urbervilles) and one poetry text (Hardy) – Open book (50% of AS)

Year 13

Paper 1: Literary Genres - Aspects of Tragedy Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text (Othello); a second drama text (Death of a Salesman) and one further text, which was written pre-1900 (Tess of the D’Urbervilles)

Paper 2: Texts and genres – you will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. The exam will include an unseen passage.

Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence Study of two texts: one poetry (Hardy) and one prose text (your choice), informed by the study of the Critical Anthology. Two essays, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology

Entry requirements

6 in English Literature GCSE

Future opportunities

English Literature provides an excellent foundation for anyone considering a career in teaching, journalism, law, media, publishing, civil service, personnel and management, Psychology and Sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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