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English Literature A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study English Literature?

Anyone who enjoys reading, writing and the cut and thrust of lively impassioned debate should study English Literature at A -Level. If you wish to study this course, a love of reading and writing is crucially important. The course is dedicated to reading and analysing texts from across the English Literary Heritage and learning how to express your views in scintillating prose. However, English Literature crosses a range of disciplines. Although you will be learning about different authors and historical periods in English literary history what you will really be learning is how to process complex information, formulate a critical response and communicate your viewpoint to others. This is a critical skill to have in modern society.

Course content

AS English Literature

Unit 1 Shakespeare and Poetry Pre-1900

In this unit students study a Shakespeare play and the poetry of Christina Rossetti This exam accounts for 50% of the AS.

Unit 2 Drama and Prose post 1900

In this unit students study a modern novel and a modern drama. This exam counts for 50% of the AS exam.

A level English Literature

Unit 1 Drama and Poetry Pre– 1900

In this unit students study Shakespeare (The Tempest) and Drama and Poetry pre-1900 (A Doll’s House and the poetry of Christina Rossetti) This unit accounts for 40% of the total A level grade.

Unit 2 Comparative and contextual study

In this unit students study close reading in chosen topic area (Dystopian literature) and a comparative and contextual study from a chosen topic area (The Handmaid’s Tale and Nineteen Eighty-Four) This unit accounts for 40% of the total A level grade.

Unit 3 Literature post -1900

In this coursework unit students will write a comparative essay across two texts from poetry, prose and drama. This can be a critical piece or a re-creative writing piece with commentary (one text). This unit accounts for 20% of the A level grade.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Future opportunities

English Literature is an excellent facilitating subject, leading to any degree in the arts and humanities. It is an excellent A-Level for any student wishing to study Law, for which it is a required subject by some universities. It is also relevant for careers in politics, the media, journalism or advertising. Indeed, because English Literature develops excellent communication and analytical skills, it provides a solid foundation for a wide range of career paths.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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