What do I learn?
You will be following the AQA English Literature specification A. This specification approaches literary study through exploration of texts that are thematically linked, in their different contexts. The three units to be studied are:
Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry; Prose
Texts in Shared Contexts: Modern Times
Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time
At AS, students will study F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Shakespeare's Othello and a collection of poetry written before 1900, from the AQA Anthology for this specification. The Love through the Ages texts will be examined in the summer.
Students will also read widely in the literature of love, as well as contemporary writing.
At A level, students will be assessed mainly by examination, on the two units studied over the course: Love through the Ages and Texts in Shared Contexts. Texts studied at AS will be re-visited; further texts to be studied at A level include Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and Owen Sheers' Skirrid Hill.
The Independent Critical Study will enable students to write comparatively on two texts on a theme of their choice.
What do I gain?
You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.
You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
6 x Grade 4 at GCSE level.
What do I gain?
With three A-levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at degree level. A-levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes.
An A-level in English Literature allows you access to university to study a broad range of humanities subjects since the analytical and conceptual skills that you will acquire are transferable. English is a subject that is valued by universities.