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English Literature A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

It is envisaged that most students who opt for A-level English Literature will have a specific interest in literature already and will enjoy reading for pleasure and for study. You will be a confident communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing your
views. A study of literature involves the examination of society and the universal truths of the human condition. By studying English Literature you will learn to view the world around you with different eyes.

Course content

The A level course is a 2-year course

Assessment: by 3 units: 1 coursework, 2 examination units. Texts for study: 1 Shakespeare play, 1 poetry and 1 prose text (one of which must be pre-1900).
Alongside this you will study 3 texts (1 poetry, 1 prose, 1 drama) relating to the theme of Modern Times. A further 2 texts are studied independently for extended comparison for c/wk. PLUS: wide reading.

Coursework Unit: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography
Assessed: • 20% of A-level • assessed by teachers
• moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE English Literature at Grade 6 or above and at least 4 GCSE Grades 9-6.

Future opportunities

A-level English literature can lead to any number of academic and vocational degrees and is highly regarded in employment. In addition to developing your skills in reading and responding to texts, studying English literature helps you refine your own writing,
improve your speaking and listening skills and develop many personal qualities. Publishing, journalism, advertising, law, public relations, human resources and teaching are just some of the professions a qualification in English literature can lead to. English literature will provide you with the skills required to study for an arts or humanities degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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