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English Literature A Level at Hugh Christie School

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About the Course

Board: AQA

 

English Literature is the academic study of texts from different genres. The course is suited to those students who enjoy engaging in critical debates and arguments, analytical essay writing and most importantly, reading for pleasure. Students will learn why texts have been written and received in particular ways over a wide time period, studying texts from medieval through to modern day. The course includes the theme of ‘Love through the Ages’ as well as literature from our thematic option - World War One and its aftermath. As part of the course, students will study Shakespeare, poetry, prose and drama texts. Students will also undertake weekly reading from a reading list in which they plan and deliver termly presentations about what they have read.

English Literature is a highly respected course and is considered one of the top academic A-Level courses to study by leading universities. This is due to the amount of essay writing, independent reading and presentations, all skills required by most university courses. These skills are transferable to many professions, whether they are English related or not.

 

Course content

Units of Study

 

Paper 1: Love through the Ages

(40% of A Level)

· In this unit, students will study three texts: one poetry and prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. The unit explores how the theme of love has been presented over time, from medieval through to modern literature. Students will consider contextual influences.

 

· Examination will include two unseen poems.

 

· Assessment: Written exam - 3 hours (Answer one question from each section)

 

 

 

Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Context

(40% of A-Level)

· In this unit, students will study three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, all of which will be based on the theme of World War One and its aftermath.

 

· Assessment: Written exam – 2 hours 30 minutes (Answer 3 essay based questions)

 

 

 

Coursework – Independent Critical Study (20% of A-Level)

· Students plan and write an extended essay of 2500 words comparing two texts, one of which must have been written pre1900. Students choose their own title.

 

Entry requirements

5 grade 9-1 GCSE. Students should have a Grade 6 in either English Language or English Literature, plus a Grade 5 in the other.

It is essential that students enjoying reading in their own time as part of the exam is based on independent wider reading.

Assessment

Units of Study

 

Paper 1: Love through the Ages

(40% of A Level)

· In this unit, students will study three texts: one poetry and prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. The unit explores how the theme of love has been presented over time, from medieval through to modern literature. Students will consider contextual influences.

 

· Examination will include two unseen poems.

 

· Assessment: Written exam - 3 hours (Answer one question from each section)

 

 

 

Paper 2 – Texts in Shared Context

(40% of A-Level)

· In this unit, students will study three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, all of which will be based on the theme of World War One and its aftermath.

 

· Assessment: Written exam – 2 hours 30 minutes (Answer 3 essay based questions)

 

 

 

Coursework – Independent Critical Study (20% of A-Level)

· Students plan and write an extended essay of 2500 words comparing two texts, one of which must have been written pre1900. Students choose their own title.

 

Future opportunities

An A Level in English Literature could lead to a degree level course or prepare students for a range of career opportunities, including writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and media.

 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us or ask your school/college careers staff. Full course details can be found on our website www.hughchristie.kent.sch.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 November 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Ei

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