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English Literature at Abraham Darby Academy

Course description

English Literature encourages students to develop as independent, confident and reflective readers and writers, giving a variety of opportunities to explore the relationship of language and literature through a wide range of reading opportunities, critical reading of and response to both literary and non-literary texts, as well as writing for a variety of audiences and purposes. You will become a more critical reader and writer, being able to craft your work to suit different purposes and audiences. The ability to analyse and respond to a wide variety of texts is challenging and stimulating as well as useful, no matter what career pathway you choose. The study of this subject caters for a wide range of learning styles.

Course content

Love Through The Ages

This component of the  course comprises of the study of four texts covering poetry, prose, drama. One of these texts must be a Shakespeare play and one must be written  pre-1900.

WW1 And Its Aftermath (Texts in Shared Contexts)

This component of the course comprises of the study of four texts covering poetry, prose and drama. One of these texts must be written post-2000.

Non examination Assessment (Texts across Time)

There is a coursework element which accounts for 20% of the overall marks. A choice of genre is offered and two texts must be chosen independently, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 9-5 grades at GCSE. This will need to include both English and English Literature at a grade 6 or above.  These are guidelines only and every student’s application will be treated on an individual basis

Future opportunities

Higher or Further Education routes.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

The course will enable you to:

  • develop your interest and enjoyment in literature by reading widely prose, poetry and drama texts
  • gain an understanding of the traditions of English literature
  • communicate your response to a wide variety of texts responding to different types and periods
  • make comparisons between texts and study ‘unprepared’ texts
  • make informed opinions and judgements about literary texts
  • develop an ability to analyse reading and to communicate your ideas effectively in writing.
  • gain an understanding of cultural, historical and other influences on texts.
  • study both modern texts and texts from previous centuries.

What Other subjects should I study?

English Literature is compatible with most other AS subjects. In particular, the Performing Arts subjects such as Drama and Music have much in common with English Literature as they are all about the close study and appreciation of artistic forms. However, Humanities subjects such as History, Geography and Religious Studies also make good partnerships with English Literature since the topics and learning styles are similar.  Furthermore, English Literature provides an interesting contrast with Maths and the Science subjects since they are of different disciplines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Abraham Darby Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years