English Literature Edexcel AS Level at Littleover Community School
- A genuine interest in reading and bv of literature.
- The ability to analyse texts, articulate ideas and opinions clearly.
- The ability to write clear, fluent and focused essays.
- Enthusiasm and creativity and the enjoyment in discussion of ideas.
Syllabus Content: Literary genres
Across the two components, students study poetry, drama and prose texts. Students will be provided with an overview of the study of Literature, exploring different literary forms, genres, concepts and themes. The assessment of AS Literature will be by two externally assessed examinations.
Paper 1: Poetry & Drama
Poetry: Students will prepare for writing about poems by studying an anthology of poems from 2002-2011. This will allow students to respond to and enjoy works by Carol Ann Duffy, Seamus Heaney and Daljit Nagra, amongst others. This will develop their understanding of poetic form, content and meaning, as well as the ability to make links across texts.
Drama: This unit explores the dramatic genres of Comedy or Tragedy. Students will study one play from either genre, exploring dramatic devices, themes and contextual factors.
Paper 2: Prose
Students will read and study two prose texts, at least one of which will be pre-1900. These two texts will be linked thematically. Possible themes include: Colonisation and its Aftermath; Science and Society; The Supernatural; and Women and Society.
Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.
We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.
The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set.
- Written examination. Open book. (2 hours)
- 605 of AS Level Marks
- 2 Written examination. Open book. (1 hour)
- 40% of AS Level marks
An A Level in English Literature opens a wealth of opportunities:
- It provides excellent preparation for Higher Education in the Humanities, Arts, Languages, Social Sciences, Law and many other subjects.
- It provides an excellent foundation for further training in careers such as journalism, marketing, public relations, publishing, the Media, the government.
From The Journal of a Dissapointed Man, (Andrew Motion) The Gun (Vicky Feaver) Song (George Szirtes)
A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams) The Importance of Being Earnest (Oscar Wilde)
Atonement (Ian McEwen) Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad) A Passage to India (EM Forster) Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.