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English Literature A level at Davenant Foundation School

Course description


At A Level you will study a minimum of 8 substantial literary texts spread across the 2 years, 2 from each of the genres of poetry, prose and drama; 3 pre -1900 texts including 1 Shakespeare play, and 1 text first written or performed post -2000. You will also learn how to respond to unseen texts.

Works of prose, poetry and drama are examined with a view to developing critical skills and an understanding of context.

You will learn to make connections across texts and gain confidence in your use of literary, linguistic, and critical concepts. A Level texts are studied in Year 12 and revisited in Year 13.

Course content

Literary Genres: Tragedy. Exploration of tragedy in 3 texts (poetry, Shakespeare, and one other drama text).

Elements of Political Writing. An exploration of political and social protest writing in poetry and 2 prose texts.

Theory and Independence, 2 essays, each responding to a different text and different aspects of an anthology of critical material for non-exam assessment (assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA).

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s including Mathematics at A*-C (or 4-9), Grade 6 or above in English language and literature at GCSE.

Further information

An English A Level will provide you with a variety of skills that are essential for further study and a range of professional careers such as journalism, law, teaching, media, business, politics, diplomacy, and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Davenant Foundation School directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2017

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