English Literature

How long does it last? Two years
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Students who take this course:
Students will have a specific interest in literature already and enjoy reading for pleasure and for study. This course offers the opportunity to become a confident communicator who enjoys discussing texts and expressing views.

Students will have at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature and English Language.

Course Description:
This course involves reading and engaging with an exciting and challenging range of texts: poetry, drama and research and develop links with context. By studying English Literature, students will learn to view the world around them with different eyes, developing skills of perception and critical awareness.

Core Content:
Unit 3.1 Love through the Ages
Unit 3.2 Texts in Shared Contexts
Unit 3.3 Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

• WW1 and its Aftermath
• Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day

Paper 1: Love through the Ages
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

Assessment: written exam: 3 hours – examination will include two unseen poems (40% of A Level)

Paper 2: Texts in shared context
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000 

Assessment: examination will include an unseen extract written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A Level)

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900

Assessment: one extended essay of 2,500 words (20% of A Level)