English Literature A Level -

ENGLISH LITERATURE

AQA 7712

WHY STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE?

Students will have the opportunity to:

·         talk, and express personal opinions, about HOW literature reflects society;

·         read widely and independently from a range of modern and traditional texts;

·         learn through supported lessons how to articulate and control lines of argument;

·         develop the ability to write creatively as well as analytically;

·         challenge  conceptions independently to consider opposing viewpoints.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

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.

·         Shakespeare: closed book examination

·         unseen Poetry: closed book examination

·         comparing Texts: open book examination

Texts in shared Contexts

Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day. Study of three texts: on prose, one drama and one poetry.

Independent critical study

Texts across Time: non exam assessment. 2500 word extended essay

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Studying English literature will help develop the skills and ability to tackle the longer more disciplined writing many university courses demand, including law and history. English literature is an excellent preparation for any university course and is regarded highly amongst all universities, including Russell group universities.  Students not intending to go to university have an excellent basis for entry into fields such as journalism, management or personnel work.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“Literature broadens the mind, bringing colour into a black and white world.”

- Matthew Thurgood, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have achieved grade 5 or higher in GCSE English literature AND English language.  A knowledge and understanding of social history, both current events and a strong historical perspective, is vital.  Students MUST be prepared for both this and the very wide independent reading which is necessary for this course. Grade 4 or higher is also required in mathemetics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Ms Jackie Henderson jhe@sandon.essex.sch.uk