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AS/A2 English Literature

  1. Aim or Overview of Subject

Reading is a lifelong pleasure and the skills developed through engaging with a wide and challenging range of texts provide students with a solid basis for future studies. Students acquire skills that are valued in Further and higher education, as well as in the work place. These include advanced study skills, independent research and higher order thinking skills. English literature students will explore and respond to a range of poetry 1900-present, developing their ability to analyse poetic methods.

 

  1. AS Modules 

The GCE English Literature specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a final qualification without progression to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students need to complete both the AS units and the A2 units.

There are two AS units:

  • AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present
  • AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900

Assessment

  • AS 1: The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama 1900–Present. External written examination: 2 hours.
  • AS 2: The Study of Prose Pre 1900.

 External written examination: 1 hour.

 

  1. A2 Modules
  • A2 1: Shakespearean Genres
  • A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry
  • A2 3: Internal Assessment

             Assessment

  • A2 1: Shakespearean Genres

 External written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • A2 2: The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry

External written examination: 2 hours.

 

 (7) Coursework or Practical Requirements

  • A2 3: Internal Assessment: Students complete a 2500-word essay.

 

 (8) Career Aspirations

English Literature at A’Level is useful in preparing for a number of careers including:

Journalism       Written & Spoken Media       Library Work              Marketing

Teaching          PR                                           Advertising                 Editing

 

 

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