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What goes well with this course?
English Literature complements a broad range of subjects.
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Governement & Politics
Many English A Level students choose to continue their studies at university. Those who choose to follow other disciplines, benefit from the essay writing and analytical training, as well as the cultural insights that come from literary study. They will build strong communication skills as they learn to articulate a clear, well-informed point of view.
Russell Group universities particularly look for A Level English as part of their preferred qualifications profile. English A Level is highly regarded by all universities and employers.
- 1. Drama: Students will study a play, either a tragedy or comedy not by Shakespeare in year one. This will be re-visited in year two. They will then study a tragedy or a comedy by Shakespeare in year 2, together with a “Critical Anthology” that will include some of the best literary criticism about that text.
- 2. Prose: Students will study two prose texts from a chosen theme; one a well-known literary “classic” written before 1900, the other a well-regarded modern novel written during their own lifetime. Both will be studied in year one and re-visited, with a sharper critical eye in year two.
- 3. Poetry: In year one, students will study a range of poetry from an anthology, Poems of the Decade exploring poetic form, meaning, language, style and conventions. This will be revisited in year two, when these poems will be compared to an unseen contemporary poem. They will also undertake the detailed study of a range of poetry from a particular period before 1900.
- 4. Coursework: Students will study two texts that will allow them to follow a theme, movement, author or period. The final essay comparing two texts will be between 2,500 and 3000 words long.
Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences
The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to The Globe, The National Theatre, Chichester Festival and includes talks/workshops from visiting speakers.
The five assessment objectives for English Literature can be summarised as testing students’ ability to:
- AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
- AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
- AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
- AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.
- AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.
The second year begin with coursework that represents 20% of the final grade. The course will culminate in three final examinations based upon the texts studied and the analytical skills developed during the course. All the examinations are 'open book', allowing students to take a copy of the texts into the examination.
The exam board for this A Level is Pearson Edexcel.
All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme.
In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirement:
- Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature
In addition, technical accuracy in spelling, punctuation and grammar is essential for achieving a good grade at A Level.
Students will enjoy this course if they:
- like reading, analysing and discussing novels, short stories, plays, poetry and works of criticism
- are prepared to express their own views clearly and accurately in response to questions and tasks set
- enjoy writing essays
How to Apply
Applications for entry September 2017
The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.
Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.
Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.
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Download the AS/A Level in English Literature information leaflet.