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English Literature at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why study English Literature?

There are aspects of English culture that are encapsulated by English Literature. Students can learn about allusions and references to different aspects of history and the world around them. An enjoyment and appreciation of Literature will give students the ability to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation. When studying Literature, students can learn not only about language aspects such as vocabulary but also that language can be used for specific and aesthetic purposes. Familiarity with the writer’s craft can help students to improve their own writing. Finally, the study of Literature can provide students with a fresh and creative angle with which to approach their studies in particular and their lives in general.

What will I learn about?

From September 2015 students will be required to study a minimum of four texts and a variety of unseen extracts. At least one pre-1900 text will be included to ensure historical coverage and all genres of literature will be covered, including one Shakespeare play. At A Level, the revised subject content continues to keep a strong focus on advanced literary studies and the reading of major literary genres. From September 2016 Students will now be required to study texts on shared contexts such as WW1 and its aftermath. This covers all genres and also includes some unseen extracts. This will make sure students have a good historical coverage which was requested by Higher Education representatives. There is a requirement for students to complete a 2500 word non-exam assessment on independent critical study, comparing two texts across time.

How is it taught?

Students are encouraged through a range of teaching techniques to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation, through reading, annotation, discussion, debating, group work and independent research.

How will I be assessed?

English Literature AS is assessed by two examinations. English Literature A Level is assessed by two examinations and one piece of coursework.

Pathways to future careers/ courses

The skills of analysis, perception and communication you develop during this course are important in many fields of employment and are highly regarded by all institutions of Higher Education. Teaching, journalism, media, advertising, librarianship, literary agent, publishing or jobs in the arts sector are some examples of future careers.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2 B grades at GCSE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015

Key information

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