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English Literature A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

The aim of this course is to enable you to enjoy reading and discussing English Literature, and to increase your understanding of what the study of literature involves. The emphasis is on getting to know a wide range of texts in depth, by close reading; at the same time you will be encouraged to think about the contexts in which these texts were written and about the different ways in which they were read in the past and can be read now.

Course content

Component 1 Poetry Written examination: 2 hours, 30% of qualification Section A: Poetry pre-1900 (closed-book) One question in two parts, based on the reading of one poetry text from a prescribed list Section B: Poetry post-1900 (open book comparative) Section B is based on the study of two post-1900 paired poetry texts from a prescribed list.

Component 2 Drama Written examination: 2 hours, 30% of qualification Section A: Drama pre-1900 (closed-book) One question in two parts, based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from a prescribed list Section B: Comparative drama (closed book) One question requiring comparative analysis of two plays from a prescribed list.

Component 3 Written examination: 2 hours, 20% of qualification Responses to previously unseen poetry and prose texts from the period 1890-1910

Component 4 Prose Study Non-examination assessment, 20% of qualification 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

You should have achieved GCSE English or an equivalent qualification with grade 5 or higher. The course emphasises, in year 12, progression from GCSE and, in year 13, progression towards study in Higher Education.

Future opportunities

A qualification in English Literature provides a very wide range of opportunities for courses in the Arts, Humanities and Communication at degree level. As a subject which emphasises creativity, disciplined thought and communication, plus an ability to synthesise and contextualise ideas, English Literature is also welcomed as a qualification for many careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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