English Literature A Level at Sunderland College
This course is for students who are passionate about reading with a desire to study Literature at an advanced level, and who want to develop their analytical reading and academic writing skills.
In the first year you’ll study Drama, Poetry and Prose, this includes; a study of two plays from the Tragedy genre; the classical; William Shakespeare’s Othello and the modern; Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
Your analysis and interpretation skills will be further stretched with an Anthology of Modern (post 2000) poetry featuring writers such as Fanthorpe, Heaney and Duffy which will assist your comparison of an unseen poem in the AS exam. You will also complete a comparative study on the topic of Science and Society using Mary Shelley’s iconic gothic classic Frankenstein (1818) and Margaret Attwood’s dystopian prophetic account The Handmaid’s Tale.
The second year will focus on coursework linked by theme, movement, author or period (20%) and three open-book exams (80%) on the texts outlined above and an exam specific to poetry as formal methods of assessment. All texts studied will involve wide reading on a largely independent scale and evaluated using a range of perspectives and literary criticism, including that of a psychoanalytic, Marxist and Feminist vein. You will study Geoffrey Chaucer’s bawdy comic The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale and a selection of poetry from Modernist Social Critic, T.S Eliot.
Youll need five GCSEs at grade C or above including at least a grade B in either English Language or English Literature.
The English Literature A-level allows you to develop your reading and writing skills in a logical way, with formal assessment in the style of two open-book exams in the summer of your first year. Leading up to this you will be assessed in class using a series of methods ranging from Q and A, debate, individual/group tasks and mock exams.
The course opens up a route way to further study at Sunderland College or a university of your choice in subjects such as English, Journalism, Philosophy, Media and Teaching.
Possible careers: publishing, editing, teaching, archiving, public relations, advertising, journalism.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sunderland College directly.