English Literature A Level - Year 1

On this course you will develop and enhance techniques in analysis, evaluation and comparison of literary texts that have been selected for their richness and diversity. You will develop critical thinking about a range of texts that span over 400 years, using wider reading and an appreciation of other interpretations to support your understanding of the texts studied.

Being a keen reader with an appreciation of the way in which a wide range of texts are shaped by their cultural and historical backgrounds, you will explore literature through different time periods and in different forms. A collection of poetry texts are studied, alongside both modern and renaissance drama, which provide you with an opportunity to hone your analytical skills through comparison whilst applying contextual and critical readings.

You will also be encouraged to develop skills and expertise in formulating your own personal and creative responses to texts. The coursework affords you the opportunity to produce an essay that requires independent research and wider reading, with a selection of texts available for study. You will choose a topic or theme to explore across two texts and will be supported by subject specialists with a wealth of experience in teaching the course.

How will I be assessed?

  • Paper 1: Component 1 – Poetry (Open Book) is a written examination: 2 hours in duration (30% of the A Level)
  • Paper 2: Component 2 – Drama (Closed Book) is a written examination: 2 hours in duration (30% of the A Level)
  • Paper 3: Component 3 - Unseen Texts is a written examination: 2 hours in duration (20% of the A Level)
  • Non-Exam Assessment: Prose Study: 2,500 - 3,500 words based on the reading of two prose texts from different time periods, one pre-2000 and one post-2000. (20% of the A Level)

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5 including English Language and/or English Literature.

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - you can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Teaching.
  • University - related degrees including English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Media Screen Writing, Teaching, Humanities, Creative/Performing Arts, and Law.
  • Careers - This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Teaching, the Media Industry, Publishing, Journalism, Expressive & Performing Arts, and the Public Sector.

Additional information

The English department is busy with plenty of exciting opportunities to get involved with including National Storytelling Week with our local primary schools, the chance to have some of your original writing published with the Young Writers Competition, an annual visit to the RSC in Stratford and theatre visits to see live performance of set texts such as The Duchess of Malfi and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. In addition to this there are master-classes and conferences such as ‘Telling Stories: Writing & Presenting for the Screen’ and ‘Text Analysis, Mood & Speech’ hosted by universities such as Birmingham, Warwick, Keele and Worcester.

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