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English Literature A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

If you are enthusiastic about reading, enjoy discussion and want the opportunity to learn more about all types of literature then this course is for you.

English Literature is an interesting, yet challenging subject, teaching students to engage critically with texts from a range of contexts and genres. It is this breadth of study and level of engagement with issues that are common to us all that means it is also a fascinating subject.

The study of Literature will test your ability to build on the ideas of others and develop your own independent thought. You will explore the craft of the author and consider different aspects of narrative that inform their writing. It also develops your own skills of written communication through analytical writing.

The course is structured around the genres of Poetry, Prose and Drama and is far more student led than GCSE English Literature.

There are two units: one coursework and one exam based with texts covering all of the above. Examples of texts covered; The Kite Runner, The Great Gatsby, Browning and Rossetti’s poetry, Pygmalion, Othello, Frankenstein, Wuthering Heights and Macbeth.

For the full A Level, there are 4 units; although you can choose to study English Literature for 1 year only and obtain an AS level by completing the first 2 units.

Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative
  • You will study 2 prose texts and the work of 2 poets
  • You will be assessed in a 2 hour written examination
Unit 2: Dramatic Genres
  • You will study two dramatic comedies including one play by Shakespeare
  • You will be assessed through 2 pieces of written coursework
Unit 3: Texts and Genres
  • You will study three texts and compare aspects of a given topic.
  • You will be assessed through a 2 hour written paper.
Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading
  • You will study 3 texts, one of which will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing applied to a piece of literature
  • You will be assessed through 2 pieces of written coursework.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE grades A* to C including English and Mathematics is required in addition to the subject specific requirements for those subjects intended for study at Advanced Level or BTEC.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

Five GCSE grades at A*-C and Grade B in English and English Literature GCSE.

To continue onto the A2 course a D grade or above at AS is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Samuel Ryder Academy directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years