This a full time study programme with the final examinations at the end of the two year course.
A mandatory requirement of the course is an independent ‘Prose Study’ assignment which accounts for 20% of the overall grade.
You will learn through a variety of teaching methods which will aim to meet the needs of each individual and accommodate different learning styles. Key aspects of the course include consider context (AO3) and developing and evaluating other critical interpretations (AO5)
The components of the qualification are as follows:
Component 1: Poetry
Section A: Poetry pre-1900 (open-book, clean copy)
One two-part question based on the reading of one pre-1900 poetry text from a prescribed list
Section B: Poetry post-1900 (open-book, clean copy)
One question from a choice of two based on the reading of two post-1900 poetry texts.
Component 2: Drama
Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book)
● One two-part question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play
● Section B: Drama (closed-book)
● One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays: one pre-1900 and one post-1900
Component 3: Unseen Prose
Section A: Unseen prose
● One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose, taken from one of two prescribed periods for study
Section B: Unseen poetry
● One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract
Component 4: Prose Study
● One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post-2000
The course is modular with a final examination upon completion of the course and encourages students to present informed, personal and creative responses to literary text by considering:
● the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts;
● the interpretation of texts by different readers from different historical periods;
● how texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres;
● the cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers.
You will read and study a variety of literary texts including, novels, drama, prose extracts and poetry whilst getting the opportunity to investigate one pre and one post 2000 prose text of your own choice where you will investigate connections between different writing, genres and authors.
There will also be scope for extra-curricular activities including historic library trips, theatre visits and subject workshops.
An A level in English Literature will enhance your understanding of other A level subjects such as History, Classical Civilisation, Religious Studies, Film Studies and Sociology.
You are required to have at least 5 GCSEs at Level 4 and above including a Level 6 in English Literature. It is a mandatory requirement for students to be independent and read widely around the subject.
● You will be assessed predominantly through written examinations and via a piece of independent coursework;
● This includes the close analysis of extracts and wider discursive essays;
● Informal assessment will take place via class discussions and individual student presentations;
● Students will be assessed throughout the year and be provided with specific feedback in order to help them improve.
English Literature is seen as traditional academic subject and as such offers a range of transferable skills which are highly prized by employers and universities alike.
Future study and career pathways include:
● University study including Russell Group and Oxbridge Universities
● Teaching (B.Ed.) and (PGCE)
● Creative Writing
● Various Graduate Trainee Programmes