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English Literature A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

A level English Literature requires the student to read a significant number of texts for examination. Students are also expected to read background resources to the texts, which may include reading works or sections of works by the same author or contemporary authors. The subject is taught mainly through discussion, in pairs, small groups or the whole class. Students will be equipped with a variety of resources to help them prepare topics from the texts they are studying and will then be expected to contribute to discussion, in which they will take a variety of roles, including leading and chairing. There are also significant written tasks.

Course content

1: Poetry Written examination: 2 hours

Section A: Pre-1900 Poetry (open-book, clean copy) One two-part question based on the reading of one pre-1900 poetry text from a prescribed list. Suggested text: John Donne: Selected Poems (Penguin Classics).

Section B: Post-1900 Poetry (open-book, clean copy) One question from a choice of two based on the reading of two post- 1900 poetry texts from a prescribed list. Suggested texts: Philip Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings (Faber) & Carol Ann Duffy: Mean Time (Picador)

2: Drama Written examination: 2 hours

Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book) One two-part question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from a prescribed list. Suggested text: Hamlet

Section B: Drama (closed-book) One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays: one pre-1900 and one post-1900, from a prescribed list. Suggested texts: John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi (Methuen) & Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire (Penguin Modern Classics)

3: Unseen Texts Written examination: 2 hours

Section A: Unseen prose One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose, taken from one of two prescribed periods for study.

Section B: Unseen poetry One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract.

4: Prose Study Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 words One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post-2000, nominated by the centre.

Entry requirements

C Grade in English Language and English Literature are required with a B grade in at least one of these.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

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

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