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English Literature A Level at The Norton Knatchbull School

Course description

Component 1: Drama

You will focus on either tragedy or comedy, and study one Shakespeare play and one other drama in the genre. You will also study critical essays related to the Shakespeare play. 

Component 2: Prose.

You will study two prose texts from a chosen theme, of which one must be pre-1900. Themes include ‘childhood’, ‘colonisation and its aftermath’, ‘crime and detection’, ‘science and society’, ‘the supernatural’ and ‘women and society’. 

Component 3: Poetry

You will study poetic form, meaning and language; a selection of post-2000 poetry and a range of poetry from either a literary period or a named poet. 

Component 4: Coursework

You will study two texts, linked by theme, movement, author or period. Texts may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.

Course content

Component 1: Drama

You will focus on either tragedy or comedy, and study one Shakespeare play and one other drama in the genre. You will also study critical essays related to the Shakespeare play.

Component 2: Prose

You will study two prose texts from a chosen theme, of which one must be pre-1900. Themes include ‘childhood’, ‘colonisation and its aftermath’, ‘crime and detection’, ‘science and society’, ‘the supernatural’ and ‘women and society’.

Component 3: Poetry

You will study poetic form, meaning and language; a selection of post-2000 poetry and a range of poetry from either a literary period or a named poet.

Component 4: Coursework

You will study two texts, linked by theme, movement, author or period. Texts may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.

Entry requirements

A GCSE grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature

Assessment

Component 1: Drama.

• Exam: 2 hours 15. • Open book examination: clean copies of the drama texts may be used in the exam • 30% of total GCE marks.

Component 2: Prose

• Exam: 1hour • Open book examination: clean copies of the prose texts may be used in the exam • 20% of total GCE marks.

Component 3: Poetry

• Exam: 2hours 15 • Open book examination: clean copies of the poetry texts may be used in the exam. • 30% of total GCE marks

Component 4: Coursework

• One extended comparative essay or 2,500-3,000 words, referring to two texts. • 20% of total GCE marks

Future opportunities

Communication Studies, Creative Writing, English Language, English Literature, Journalism, Media Studies, Theatre Studies.

Further information

A Level (a two year course, leading to assessment in summer 2021)

How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 November 2018
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