English Literature A Level

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English Literature A Level2019-05-28T08:09:38+00:00

Why choose English Literature?

This course invites you to explore human experience and to discover different worlds through engaging with a wide range of literature: novels, short stories, poetry and drama. As part of the course, you will learn about the lives of writers, the historical and social contexts that affected their writing, and consider critical reactions to the texts whilst forming your own opinions. You will also develop skills in written and oral communication, interpretation and analysis.

Teaching and Learning Styles

A key approach will be learning through group work and discussion but there will also be a wide range of other strategies, including: essay writing workshops; individual and group student presentations; multimedia resources; individual student/teacher consultations, and joint activities with the Learning Resources Centre.

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Theatre visits
  • Lecture days
  • Visiting speakers
  • Workshops focusing on set texts and theatre productions

Assessment

The first year focuses on your study of two novels (Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day) and the second focuses on poetry and drama (Ted Hughes and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire). The second year will include study of, among others, Shakespeare, Milton, and Sylvia Plath.

Progression Opportunities

You may choose to go on to study English Literature as a single honours subject or in combination with a related subject such as Media, Journalism or Theatre Studies. Even if this is not the case, you will find that the English Literature course equips you with interpersonal and communication skills that are highly valued by other university courses and career paths.

Laurence CanoyNunnery Wood High SchoolEnglish Lang/LitWhat enticed me to choose English Language and Literature was the fact that not only would I be honing skills in creative writing, I would also be developing my analysis skills.  This was helpful when writing essays and dissecting texts which encouraged me to analyse issues in a multitude of ways more insightfully. These skills provided great support within my other A Level subjects, History and Psychology, as it has helped structure arguments and evaluate issues on a deeper level. The teachers put a lot of effort to make each lesson fun and engaging, while being equally informative, providing valuable knowledge and skills which I have greatly appreciated while at Worcester Sixth Form College.Next year, I plan to study Law at Bristol University.

Laurence Canoy

English Lang/Lit - Nunnery Wood High School
What enticed me to choose English Language and Literature was the fact that not only would I be honing skills in creative writing, I would also be developing my analysis skills. This was helpful when writing essays and dissecting texts which encouraged me to analyse issues in a multitude of ways more insightfully. These skills provided great support within my other A Level subjects, History and Psychology, as it has helped structure arguments and evaluate issues on a deeper level. The teachers put a lot of effort to make each lesson fun and engaging, while being equally informative, providing valuable knowledge and skills which I have greatly appreciated while at Worcester Sixth Form College.Next year, I plan to study Law at Bristol University.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
English Literature4GCSE English Literature at grade 4 or above. Refer to department if not taken.GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Commitment to read and research widely. Willingness to participate in group discussions.Theatre visits optional but highly recommended. Optional purchase of set texts (approx. £30 per year).

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