At A Level, the study of English Literature presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama. Students are able to share their knowledge and understanding of the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts. The A Level course is based on a conviction that the study of literature should encourage enjoyment of literary studies based on an informed personal response to a range of texts. The study of English Literature is important to creativity in general and the range of texts for study is complementary to many other subjects across the curriculum.
The new specifications continue to offer both examination and coursework together with an exciting choice of texts in the main genres. Many modern and international texts have been included and are often in themed selections; this ensures enjoyment and interest for both student and staff and will enable the staff to select the most appropriate text for their classes.
As a facilitating subject, and one that is highly prized by all higher education establishments, Literature can offer students the opportunity to study widely with academic rigour in order to expand their knowledge in many areas. The new specifications are stimulating and rigorous allowing freedom of textual choice, in many instances, and including elements of independent study. This will allow students to pursue more detailed work in areas of personal interest and prepare them carefully for undergraduate studies.
2 hours 15 minutes
Section A: Shakespeare
Section B: Other Drama
Comparison of two prose text -thematically based
2 hours 15 minutes
Section A: Contemporary poetry and unseen
Section B: Named poet or literary period of poet
Free choice of literary texts linked by theme, author or period
One extended essay 2500-3000 words
6/above in GCSE English Literature.