English Literature

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English Literature

The English Literature course offers a liberating exploration into a range of literary texts. Enlighten your understandingand sharpen your critical and analytical skills, whilst shaping your own writing ability. This course is designed to offer adiverse learning experience that includes enrichment activities.

Examination Board AQA

Specification Number 7717

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

English Literature

The English Literature course offers a liberating exploration into a range of literary texts. Enlighten your understandingand sharpen your critical and analytical skills, whilst shaping your own writing ability. This course is designed to offer adiverse learning experience that includes enrichment activities.

Examination Board AQA

Specification Number 7717

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

The English Literature course offers a liberating exploration into a range of literary texts. Enlighten your understanding and sharpen your critical and analytical skills, whilst shaping your own writing ability. This course is designed to offer a diverse learning experience that includes enrichment activities.

 

Paper 1: Literary Genres
  • Exploring aspects of a mainstream literary genre, such as comedy or tragedy, and considering how genres continue to evolve.
  • Developing a critical insight into a range of rich and interesting texts, such as Shakespeare’s Othello, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles

 

Paper 2: Texts and Genres
  • Developing an in-depth understanding of political and social protest writing; this area of study will explore the ways in which plot, characters, setting and structural patterns have been crafted alongside an exploration into the ways in which language is used.
  • Studying a range of rich and interesting texts such as Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and William Blake’s poetry.
 
Course Leader of English Literature

Mr Dale

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE English Literature 6+ 

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
Paper 1
Literary Genres
2 hours 30 minutes40%
Paper 2
Texts and Genres
3 hours40%
Assessment
Theory and Independence
Two academic essays each responding to a different text. One piece can be re-creative; the re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.20%

Progression Route

This course offers a wide range of opportunities, including English teaching, publishing, journalism, writing and the advertising industry. A Level Literature is a facilitating subject and is valued highly by universities.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
Atonement Ian McEwan
The Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Animal Form George Orwell
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Hamlet William Shakespeare
Useful Websites
Spark Notes Explore Website
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Study Wise Explore Website
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Course Leader of English Literature
Mr Dale Jaimie.dale@woodgreenacademy.co.uk