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A level English Literature

Qualification AS / A2

Examination Board WJEC

Course Description

A level English literature provides an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres: poetry, prose and drama

AS units of study (first year):

LT 1: poetry and drama 1 post-1900 (currently Carol Ann Duffy and Sheenagh Pugh, selected works and David Mamet’s Oleanna)

LT 2: prose study 1800-1945 & creative reading (currently Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and ‘partner’ text and a creative response to wider reading)

A2 units of study (second year):

LT3: period and genre study (currently The Gothic)

LT4: poetry and drama 2 (John Donne’s selected poems and Shakespeare, The Tempest and Marlowe, Dr Faustus)

Assessment 70% written examination 30% internal assessment

Entry 5 GCSEs at grades A* to C including English language and maths, with a grade C or above in English.

Progression English literature students develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to summarise and précis, to write and speak well, to present information effectively and to work as part of a team. Many students apply to, and are offered places at, university to study courses such as English literature, creative writing and journalism.

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Course Length:

2 Years

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