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English Literature A-level

Study a wide range of literature from the 14th century to the present day including novels, plays and poems.

A-level English Literature develops your textual analysis and critical writing techniques, and increases your confidence in interpreting texts through group discussions and essay writing. It will appeal to you if you enjoy reading and exploring texts closely.

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.

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OXALN01D0 Full-time Oxford City Centre

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Fees

Start Date :

Monday 10 September 2018

End Date :

Sunday 21 June 2020
2 Years 16 to 18 EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
19 to 23 Concession EU tuition fee:£‎40.00
24+ Loan EU tuition fee:£‎1,987.00
   

Please note – Fees may be subject to change

 

case study

Chinese student Qi Wang (known as Emma) was living in Australia when she decided that a UK education would help her towards her future career. 
 
Having done her research, Emma realised that the UK education system was more rigorous academically and a better fit for her future ambition of studying maths or statistics at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying the Science A-levels Pathway (Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Further Maths) at Reading College, part of Activate Learning.  
 
Emma found out about Reading College through her agent. She was impressed by the list of universities that previous students had gone to, such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, combined with the lively atmosphere and the excellent transport links to London and Heathrow Airport.
 
Emma said: “My teachers are really knowledgeable and helpful, especially my tutor Anna. They are very organised, too. We do lots of mock exams, which is helpful. I ask a lot of extra questions after class and they are always very patient and help me.”
 
“The A-level managers and staff helped me to apply to the UCL summer schools and advised me about how best to write my statements – I got a place! The library staff are also really helpful. I like the quiet study room and spend quite a bit of time there when I am not in lessons.”
 
During her time at Reading College, Emma has also got involved with the Students’ Union and volunteered at open events. She said: “I had the opportunity to talk to lots of different people, which I enjoy. It helps me with my English, as well as learning more about British culture.” 
 
She also won several awards at the A-level Star Awards, including the Further Maths and Physics Awards. Her Physics tutor said: “Emma's thirst for knowledge, her self-motivation to improve and achieve her maximum potential and her work ethics are outstanding. Emma achieved a Silver Award on the AS Physics Olympiad Challenge. Just two marks off a Gold!” Emma also won an award for ‘biggest contribution to college life’.
 
Coming to live and study in England away from her parents has helped Emma become more independent, preparing her for life at university. She lives with a host family who are very friendly. She has learnt to do things like open a bank account and learnt about British culture and everyday life.
 
Emma said: “I would recommend Reading College. Living in an English environment and meeting English people every day is far better than being at a language school. If you want to come abroad to study, an Activate Learning college will give you more opportunities to improve your English.”
 
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