English Literature

Type of qualification – A Level

Exam Board – OCR

Course Description

This is an excellent course for anyone with a passion for Literature and a fascination with the craft of the writer. You will embark on a two year course of study introducing you to hundreds of years of Literature in English.

Through the course you will learn to analyse Literature from different genres and develop your ability to create academic argument, recognising the influence of context upon both the author and the reader. You will respond to the works by discussion and by essay, producing a couple of pieces of dynamic and original coursework, and you will sit two exams at the very end of the course. Your input, ideas and engagement are crucial and you will be encouraged to develop sophisticated responses and writing styles. This course complements many A Level courses and is well recognised and appreciated by Universities.

Why study this course at S6C?

English Literature at S6C is an engaging programme which will be modified to reflect the interest and strengths of each class. Expert guidance is given to each individual student as you develop the skills needed for this course, and for further study or employment. Work is assessed on a regular cycle and every piece is used to generate further improvement. The supportive atmosphere at S6C and the ‘grown up’ approach to education, are conducive to reflection and engagement with the world through English Literature.

Course Structure

The two year course is divided into three components. The first component is a study of Shakespeare and a comparison of two pre-1900 drama and poetry texts. The second component focuses on American Literature and involves close reading of unseen extracts and a comparative and contextual study of two novels. The final component of the course is internal assessment. The requirement for this is a close reading or re-creative writing piece with commentary and also a comparative essay. The coursework is based on three modern texts including poetry, prose and drama – recent topics have included Youth In Time and Literature of War.

Trips and visits opportunities

Trips will include a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe including a tour of the Bankside area and a trip to supplement the coursework topic – current students will be visiting the Imperial War Museum in London.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Progression opportunities

The course leads very naturally to post 18 study at University. There is a huge wealth of university courses from which to choose for which an A Level in Literature would be advantageous ranging from Law to Journalism, Creative Writing to Natural Sciences.

What our students think

“English Literature builds many academic skills such as writing, analysis and higher level comprehension. As an academic subject it helps build the required skills for further education. The subject itself addresses many controversial issue within literature adding a unique dimension of interest. Fun and challenging.”
Sam, previously The Trafalgar School

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