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English Literature - A Level at Weald of Kent Grammar School

Course description

You will gain an appreciation of the written word that will sustain you throughout life, an understanding of a range of plays, poetry and novels and an A Level grade in a highly respected subject. An A Level in English Literature will open doors at all universities and a degree in English provides excellent training for careers in the arts, law, education and the media. You will study modern novels, drama and poetry across the ages.

Course content

The course is Linear and you will study modern novels, drama and poetry across the ages.

Entry requirements

If you enjoy reading, watching plays and discussing the ways in which writers use language, you will love English Literature at A Level. You should be able to write in a clear, controlled way but your teachers will always be on hand to advise and help you with the secrets of writing a Grade A essay. If you are willing to listen, learn and contribute to our seminar style learning then this is the course for you. We expect you to have at least a Grade 6 in English Literature at GCSE but an equally important qualification is a genuine enthusiasm for our subject, and an eagerness to participate whilst listening to others.

Assessment

Drama 30%

You will study one Shakespeare and one other play in conjunction with a critical anthology on either Comedy or Tragedy. The examination is two hours and fifteen minutes and open book.

Prose 20%

Two prose texts, one pre-1900. The examination is one hour and is open book.

 Poetry 30%

You will respond to unseen modern poetry as well studying a range of poetry from a selected literary period or poet. The exam is two hours and open book.

Non-examination (Coursework)  20%

Comparative critical essay of 2,500 – 3,000 words on two literary texts.

Future opportunities

You will gain an appreciation of the written word that will sustain you throughout life; an understanding of a range of plays, poetry and novels and an A Level grade in a highly respected subject. An A Level in English Literature will open doors at all universities and a degree in English provides excellent training for careers in the arts, law, education and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weald of Kent Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Web url: wealdgs.org

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