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A2 English Literature at John Colet School

Course description

Students who choose to study the A-level course will take all of their exams at the end of Year 13, with no external exams at the end of Year 12.

Students will be expected to make articulate, informed and relevant responses to a variety of literary texts using appropriate terminology and using accurate written expression. They will be expected to demonstrate critical understanding in the study of language, form and structure, exploring connections and comparisons between texts where appropriate, and also to demonstrate an understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which the texts were written. Students are expected to carry out background research and wider reading in order to fulfil the assessment objectives regarding historical context and influences, as well as reading such publications as ‘The English Review’ to widen their own critical vocabulary and increase their understanding of how to write about literature in an analytical way

Course content

Paper 1 : Love through the Ages. Open book for 1 of the 3 questions only (40% of A-level) (3 hours)

Paper 2 : Texts in Shared Contexts. Open book (40% of A-level) (2 hours 30 minutes)

Entry requirements

Students must achieve a grade A* to C at GCSE English Language and English Literature with at least one of these disciplines at Grade B or above.


Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Colet School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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