Qualifying students will study a series of literary masterpieces that have been chosen by the school to fulfil the modules provided by the exam board (AQA): ‘Love Through the Ages’, ‘Texts in Shared Contexts’ and ‘Texts Across Time’.
The course will take a historicist approach to the study of literature resting upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, English Literature A-Level will encourage students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood.
There will not be a uniform list of prescribed set texts through the course but rather the A-Level will be flexible enough to play to the strengths and interests of students and teaching staff alike.
However, during the course, students will study texts both diachronically (produced across a very broad time period) and synchronically (produced within a clearly defined time period).
Students will be encouraged to explore texts in a number of different ways:
Students who enjoyed their English Literature GCSE will get a lot of enjoyment out of this course – several texts will be taught over the A-Level course ranging from Shakespeare right through to Post-20th Century literature.
This A-Level will be assessed via two examinations both of which are worth 40% of the final course grade.
Students will also have to complete a piece of coursework based on comparative critical study of two texts; the coursework is worth 20% of their final A-Level grade.
Students with an A-Level in English Literature typically achieve careers in the following fields:
|Entry Criteria||Grade 6 in English Literature is desired.|