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A2 Level English Literature at The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy

Course description

The Advanced level course, the A2, builds on the foundations offered by the AS course. It also encourages students to study the tradition of English literature and literature outside the United Kingdom as well as non-fiction texts. The course aims to: • broaden and deepen the knowledge, skills and understanding developed in the AS course; • explore comparisons and connections between texts; • explore cultural and historical influences upon writers and readers through the ages. Skills and attributes that students need to be successful: ? enjoyment of reading a range of demanding texts; ? an enjoyment of group discussion, sharing ideas and learning from others; ? the ability to analyse a variety of increasingly demanding literary material; ? an interest in how writers achieve a range of effects; ? a desire to use language effectively and accurately. How the course is assessed: The course is assessed in two units, LITA3 – Reading for Meaning and LITA4 – Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study. Unit 3 – LITA3 Reading for Meaning 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total A level marks This unit is assessed through a two hour examination, consisting of one question. It is a closed book exam which means you are not allowed to take any texts into the exam. Question – The unit theme is Love Through the Ages. The response is to a variety of unseen texts, referring to wider knowledge of the unit theme. Unit 4 – LIT4A 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total A level marks This unit is assessed through a 3,000 word essay comparing three texts. What students do after completion: • a degree course in English, English Literature or both; • a degree course in English jointly with another subject; • journalism, librarianship, teaching, media and communications; • study other subjects at degree level which require sound communication skills • offer employers in banking, nursing, commerce, social work, valuable skills

Entry requirements

To study A2 level English Literature at the Academy students must have achieved a grade B or above at GCSE level.

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Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author or Poet. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Rugeley Sixth Form Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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