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English literature

People who enjoy reading stimulating texts, enjoy expressing opinions and like to explore new ideas, will find the course particularly rewarding. The skills that are necessary on this course are very similar to those needed at GCSE.

The importance of framing sustained, detailed, well organised and well-referenced essays lies at the heart of success. Any student who enjoys reading, exciting discussions and being creative in their interpretations will thoroughly enjoy the demands of this A level course.

Much of the work completed in class revolves around discussing different aspects of texts, for example genre and writer’s techniques, and also the many different challenges that texts present.

Students will often be asked to prepare work on specific issues so that they can come to the lesson prepared to contribute. This course will give students the confidence to pursue their own ideas based upon a good grounding in the text and its themes, ideas or underlying messages. The ultimate aim is for the teacher to be able to monitor the discussion rather than lead it – we aim to encourage independence in our students.

Much of the work completed in class revolves around discussing different aspects of texts, for example genre and writer’s techniques, and also the many different challenges that texts present.

Students will often be asked to prepare work on specific issues so that they can come to the lesson prepared to contribute. This course will give students the confidence to pursue their own ideas based upon a good grounding in the text and its themes, ideas or underlying messages. The ultimate aim is for the teacher to be able to monitor the discussion rather than lead it – we aim to encourage independence in our students.Curriculum overview

Subject content across the two-year A level course:

Currently, students study:

  • Life Class by Pat Barker;
  • Journey’s End by R. C. Sheriff;
  • The Poems of Wilfred Owen;
  • Othello by William Shakespeare;
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott; Fitzgerald; 
  • AQA Anthology of love poetry through the ages.

 

For coursework: students complete a comparative critical study focusing on texts of their own choice. Students will focus on the theme of ‘gothic literature’, however they are encouraged to study a theme that they are interested in. (One text must be pre-1900).

 

Assessment at the end of the two-year course is by examination and non-exam assessment (coursework).

  • Paper 1: Love through the ages.
  • Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts (WW1 literature).
  • Non-examination assessment: texts across time (coursework).