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AS English Literature at Phoenix Academy

Course description

The Edexcel Specification offers a broad and challenging range of reading from a variety of periods and sources; it encourages students to read independently and to develop analytical skills, flair and accuracy in their writing and in spoken discussion. Both AS and A2 involve “unseen” questions, and these encourage independent thinking and reward reading beyond the limits of the course. An A Level in English Literature shows that the student has been trained in critical thinking and in communication skills and it is valued by a wide range of university courses and employers. AS There are two units in the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) course Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry Unit 2: Explorations in Drama Explorations in Prose and Poetry: Assessed by open book examination with “clean texts”, and also by an examination question on “unseen” poetry or prose—i.e. on a text that you have not studied with your teacher. Prose: You study a “core novel” in relation to one other set novel Poetry: You study a selection of poetry from a variety of periods and sources on one of the several themes. Explorations in Drama: Assessed through a coursework folder (2000-2500 words maximum) made up of an explorative study (an analytical/reflective essay or review) and a creative critical response - an analytical talk, a proposal for a film adaptation or such like, from a range of options all of which will be assessed for analytical content. This involves the study of a play by Shakespeare in relation to one other play written between 1300 and 1800.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C Grade B to study specific A Level or Grade B English Language if subject has not been studied previously

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Phoenix Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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