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English Literature A level at The Ecclesbourne School

Course description

CS Lewis once said: “Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.” If literature adds enjoyment to your life, then this course could be for you. We expect a high level of commitment, curiosity and enthusiasm from you, but in return are sure that you will enjoy reading, thinking, writing and speaking about a wide range of literary studies.
The AS course consists of two units. Unit 1 is a two-essay coursework module. One is based on ‘The World’s Wife’ by Carol Ann Duffy; the other is a comparative piece on ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ by Edward Albee and ‘Death of a Salesman’ by Arthur Miller. In Unit 2 we will study the poetry of Yeats and the novel ‘Jane Eyre’ by Brontë.
At A2, Unit 3 consists of one coursework essay exploring three texts, ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguru, ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’ by Chaucer and ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Unit 4 explores ‘The Tempest’ by Shakespeare and the comparison of a poetry and prose text, likely ‘Paradise Lost book 1’ by Milton and ‘The White Devil’ by John Webster.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C + BB in English Lit & Lang

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years