What do I learn?
You will be following the AQA specification A – The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature
First Year (AS)
• Unit 1: Exam – Skirrid Hill (poetry) by Owen Sheers and a question based on guided wide reading of poetry, prose and drama related to the key topic above.
• Unit 2: Coursework – The Woman Who Walked into Doors by Roddy Doyle (novel), Raisin In The Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Look Back in Anger by John Osborne (drama)
Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Exam – two questions involving unprepared extracts and wider reading on the theme of Love Through The Ages
• Unit 4: coursework – extended essay, comparing three texts, including a Shakespeare play.
You learn in a variety of ways, typically through discussion, group work, independent study, traditional essays, reading and research tasks. There is a balance between challenge and support. You play an active part in your learning and there is a strong focus on your individual learning needs.
Classes take place over four days a week between 9am and 5pm. We expect our students to be fully committed to their studies and attend all timetabled sessions. In addition, you have the opportunity to attend trips and visits according to the needs of individual subjects. There are many enrichment opportunities, enabling you to extend your learning beyond the bounds of your chosen subjects.
Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May and June. A range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments also help you to develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
What do I gain?
“English Literature is a great course. The teachers are very encouraging and make sure you achieve your potential.” (Tom T)
You develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.
You 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 benefit from individual support, including clear advice about higher education and careers.
What do I need?
All A-level students must have six C grades in academic subjects at GCSE, including English and maths, at grade 5 but excluding PE, Dance, IT i.e. subjects with a large practical component.
GCSE English Language AND GCSE English Literature at grade 5.
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.