AS/A Level English Literature
Mon Sep 06 2021
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Love reading? Then the study of English Literature at A Level is the course for you. You will study and analyse a diverse selection of literary texts, taken from a wide range of historical periods. There are set texts, which cover poetry, plays and novels, including Shakespeare, as well as modern writers and poets. In addition, you will be able to demonstrate your wider reading, both in the examination and part of the coursework component.
You will have the opportunity to develop your literary expertise by engaging in close text analysis and considering the ways writers shape meaning through their choice of words, literary techniques and the influence of context. Research and analysis of critical interpretation will also enable you to appraise and evaluate alternative critical interpretations.
A Level English Literature is a course that inspires imaginative and thoughtful contemplation together with analytical discernment and as such, is both a challenging and rewarding subject.
AS course content includes:
- Shakespeare (Othello)
- Poetry (Anthology of Love poetry through the ages (pre-1900)
- A Room With a View (E. M Forster)
- Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
In addition, A2 course content includes:
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Feminine Gospels by Carole Anne Duffy
- A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
The A2 examination will also include an unseen prose extract.
The course allows you to study a wide range of literary texts through the lens of historicism. There are a variety of assessment styles, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single-text questions, multiple-text questions, open and closed-book approaches. All of which allow you to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which is valuable for both further study and future employment.
- You'll sit two written exams in year 1, two exams in year 2
- Independent critical study
- Frequent topic tests
- Mock exams
- Practical assessments
You'll develop a wide range of useful analytical and research skills, making you an effective and persuasive communicator, skills valued at university degree level and by employers.
You can progress to university to study a variety of degrees such as an arts or humanities discipline. Possible careers include journalism, editing, writing, marketing and teaching.
You will need to achieve 6 grade 6 GCSEs to study A Levels at Gateshead College.
If you don't meet this profile please still come to an enrolment event to discuss all your options with a member of the A Level team. An interview is also required.
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