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English Literature - A Level at Bishop Milner Catholic College

Course description

This course encourages students to develop an interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries,genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them.

Course content

What will I study during the AS course & how will it be assessed?

Unit 1: Texts in Context

Students study one key areas; The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature. Students study one set poetry text and a further three texts for wider reading, as well as a range of other short extracts and texts. The module also allows learners to pursue areas of their own literary interest. The unit is assessed by one, open, clean book, two hour exam.

Unit 2: Creative Study

Students study one drama text and one prose text from the same topic area as the one studied for Unit 1. Students are assessed by means of a 2500 word coursework portfolio containing two pieces; one based on the drama text and one on the prose text. The response to the prose text may be creative, such as writing in the style of the original writer.

Overall for the AS qualification students will study the following:

• 3 texts, one of each genre, as set texts• 3 texts, one of each genre, as wider reading

Of those six texts:

• 1 of the chosen texts must have been written between 1800 and 1945 and 1 of the texts must have been written after 1990

• 1 text could be literature in translation

• 1 text could be non-fiction, literary criticism or cultural commentary

What will I study during the A2 course & how will it be assessed?

Unit 3: Reading for Meaning

The unit is assessed by a 2 ½ hour examination which contains unseen passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary. Students will study at least three texts in preparation for the exam to be linked contextually and thematically to the theme for the unit: Love through the Ages.

Unit 4: Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study

The unit is assessed through coursework. Students will study and compare three texts, one of which must be a play by Shakespeare, although the remaining two texts can be taken from any period and can be poetry, drama or prose and may be chosen by the individual student.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSE Passes

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Milner Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2015
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