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English Literature

The A level English Literature course is designed for those who love to read. Students will have the opportunity to study novels, plays and poetry from Shakespeare to texts written post-2000. These texts have been chosen to excite and engage students. The opportunity to write creatively is also available.
COURSE STRUCTURE

The department follows the OCR specification for A level English Literature.

ASSESSMENT COMPOSITION

The course comprises:
A level
PAPER 1 - EXAMINATION
40% of total A2, 2 hours and 30 minutes

  • Shakespeare
  • Drama and Poetry pre 1900

PAPER 2 - EXAMINATION
40% of total A2, 2 hours and 30 minutes

  • Dystopia

For this examination, students study a range of dystopian fiction including 1984, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Road

NON-EXAMINED ASSESSMENT
20% of total A level. For the coursework folder, students produce two assignments based on three texts: one poetry, one prose, one drama. One of these texts must have been published post 2000:

  • Assignment 1 (1000 words) Prose essay or (Re-creative piece with commentary
  • Assignment 2 (2000 words) Comparative Essay
WHY STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE?

‘Language is the dress of thought’ (Samuel Johnson). The study of English Literature develops a student’s ability to use language accurately and to express ideas coherently. Students will develop their skills of analysis and written communication, explore a wide range of themes concerning the human condition and gain an appreciation of the social, cultural and historical contexts underlying these texts. An A level in English Literature is regarded highly by universities and complements many other Arts-based subjects as well as the Sciences.

PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

The skills developed by the study of English Literature underpin all careers, including those in law, politics, the media, banking, personnel or commercial jobs, advertising, marketing, the Civil Service, publishing and teaching