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English Literature A level at New College Durham

Course description

The aim of this course is to encourage you to develop your interest and enthusiasm in the enjoyment of literature and literary studies.  You will read widely and independently both set texts and other texts you have selected.  You will engage creatively with a substantial body of texts in different genres: poetry, novels, drama and short stories, and ways of responding to them.  Skills and knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing will be effectively developed.  An important aspect of the course is the exploration of the contexts, for example, historical, political, cultural and biographical, of the texts you will study and other readers' interpretation of them. Some of the texts for study will be provided but you will need to buy some of the texts.  Visits to the theatre to see productions of texts studied are arranged where possible and there will be a small, reasonable cost incurred for these. The Library has a good selection of books and other resources.  ILT material is on the English Literature section of the College Virtual Learning Environment - NCD Online.  Students provide their own paper, files and pens. Level: A Level Credit Value: 140 Accredited by: OCR Awarded by: OCR

Course content

There are two units at AS Level and two units at A2 Level to complete the A Level specification. Year 1 AS Unit F661: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 The focus of this unit is the study of the poems of WB Yeats and the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.  You will develop skills of close critical analysis, explore connections and comparisons between literary texts and how themes and issues are presented in different literary texts.  An understanding of the significance of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received will be developed, and the importance of the meanings made by other readers will be explored. AS Unit F662: Literature post-1900 You will study three post-1900 texts: at least one text must be work published after 1990.  The texts for study are:Translations by Brian Friel,The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter, andThe World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy. In addition to the skills and knowledge developed in Unit F661, you will develop the ability to link and explore relationships between texts in different ways appropriate to literary study. Year 2 A2 Unit F663: Drama and Poetry pre-1800 The focus of study is the study of a Shakespeare play and to explore contrasts, comparisons and connections between one drama text and one poetry text.  The texts for study are: a play by William Shakespeare and one drama text and one poetry text written before 1800. A2 Unit F664: Texts in Time You will further develop research skills and synthesise knowledge and understanding acquired through your studies.  Three texts are required to be studied.  This must include one prose and one poetry text.  The third text can be from any genre.  Texts can be from any period and also across periods.  Texts for study will be agreed between the teacher and student. Year 1 AS Unit 1 F661: Poetry and Prose 1800-1945 This unit is assessed by a two hour written examination consisting of one essay on Yeats' poetry and one essay on Frankenstein.  This is a closed text examination worth 60% of the total AS Level marks. AS Unit 2 F662: Literature post-1900 An internally assessed and externally moderated coursework folder of a maximum of 3000 words with two tasks.  Worth 40% of the total AS Level marks. Year 2 A2 Unit F663: Drama and Poetry pre-1800 This unit is assessed by a two hour written examination consisting of one essay on a Shakespeare play and one essay that is a comparative study of a poetry and a drama text.  This is a closed text examination worth 30% of the total A Level marks. A2 Unit F664: Texts in Time An internally assessed and externally moderated coursework essay on a comparative analysis of three texts, a maximum of 3000 words.  Worth 20% of the total A Level marks.

Entry requirements

School leavers should have at least five grade A*-Cs at GCSE.  This must include English at grade B and English Literature at grade B.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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