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English literature - A level

AS level

What will I learn?

The aims of the course are: to encourage an appreciation of a wide variety of writing; to build on the skills learnt at GCSE; to help you to reflect on your reading and your opinions and ideas.

What skills do I need?

You will need a desire to read books outside of lessons which are not part of the exam and to form a personal response to what you read and hear.

Students who do well in English literature typically have A*- B GCSE grades in English language and literature.

How is the course graded?

Component 1 Literary Genres: Dramatic Tragedy OR Comedy. You will study one Shakespeare play and one other play. This unit will be assessed by a written exam worth 50% of the marks.

Component 2 Literary Genres: Poetry and Prose texts. You will study one novel and one poetry collection, and this unit will be assessed by a written exam worth 50% of the marks.

A level

What will I learn?

The aims of the course are: to encourage an appreciation of a wide variety of writing; to build on the skills learnt at GCSE and AS level; to help you to reflect on your reading and evaluate the opinions and ideas of yourself and others.

What skills do I need?

You will need a desire to read books outside of lessons which are not part of the exam and to form a personal response to what you read and hear.

Students who do well in English literature typically have A*- B GCSE grades in English language and literature.

How is the course graded?

Component 1 Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy or Comedy. You will study a range of comedic OR tragic texts as part of this unit, and it will be assessed by a written exam worth 40% of the overall grade.

Component 2 Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime or Political Writing. You will study a range of texts which are linked to the themes of crime and/or power, and this unit will be assessed by a written exam worth 40% of the marks.

Component 3 Theory and Independence. 20% of the A level will be assessed by coursework where you will produce two pieces of work, each on a different literary text. One of the essays must be on poetry and one must be on a novel.

What is next for me after this course?

An A level in English literature may not lead directly into any particular job but it is a qualification that is widely recognised as a stepping stone to a lot of different career paths. It enables you to pursue many different degree courses primarily arts based. It enables you to think logically and to voice opinions. It is also valuable for careers in: teaching, writing, charity work, management, journalism, media, advertising, administration, library work, local government, hospital administration.