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English Literature A level at Cowley International College

Course description

AS/A2 English Literature is an extremely useful qualification for
those who intend to pursue a career in Law, Journalism,
Communications, Media, Management or Teaching, but it is
also a very impressive additional communication skill
indicator irrespective of career choice. It is considered a
‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group Universities.

Course content

Students will study novels, plays and poetry from modern texts
and literary classics.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit
all exams at the end of the A-level course. 20% of the award is
based on coursework, also submitted at the end of the course.
A variety of teaching methodologies will be employed in this
subject. Students are encouraged to explore texts individually
and in discussion groups. They will be expected to produce
presentations and undertake independent research using
excellent local library facilities and ICT. Theatre productions
and film/audio versions of set texts are used where
appropriate. The college has well established links with local
universities and avail ourselves of opportunities to attend
study days on set texts.

Students should be prepared to involve themselves to the
best of their ability in the whole range and variety of tasks
and assignments and to honour homework and course work
deadlines. Students must understand from the outset that
their success on the course is wholly dependent on the level of
cooperation, enthusiasm and commitment they demonstrate
in relation to all aspects of the subject. An ability to pursue
independent research and study outside lesson time is

Students will enjoy this course if they enjoy reading
independently and if they have enjoyed reading and writing
about Shakespeare plays, poetry, drama and novels
throughout Key Stage 3 and GCSE.

Entry requirements

A GCSE English grade of B (grade 6) or higher is essential.

Future opportunities

Because of the transferable skills developed in the subject,
English Literature lends itself to any number of degrees and
careers. Many students go on to study such degrees as Law,
Social Sciences and Languages; the imaginative aspects lend
themselves well to the growing area of Creative Writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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