English Literature

Why study A level English Literature?

The English literature AS and A level courses offer the opportunity to study some of the greatest works written by the greatest minds from Shakespeare to the best 21st century writers. You will need a passion for books to enjoy this course, in conjunction with an interest in ideas and the world around you.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

There is an almost universal career application; English Literature facilitates any career or course involving communication and critical thinking. Students often choose English literature for love of the subject; however gaining a qualification in English shows high levels of written and oral communications skills, invaluable when applying for university courses and when looking for future employment.  English literature students have gone on to careers in law, medicine, public relations, journalism, film and media and linguistics.
Course Details

Each student will be taught by two teachers, in lessons where the mood is open-minded, discussion-based and supportive.

During the course students will be required to demonstrate:

  • an ability to respond with understanding to texts of different types and periods.
  • an understanding of the ways in which writers’ choice of form, structure and language express meanings.
  • an ability to discuss their own and other readers’ interpretation of texts.
  • a knowledge of the contexts in which literary texts are written and understood.
  • an ability to organise and present writing clearly, logically and accurately.

Key Information Summary:

Course Title English Literature
Examination Board OCR
Linear Qualification? Yes
Course Webpage http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-english-literature-h072-h472-from-2015/
Entry Requirements Grade 6 GCSE or above in English literature and a preferred Grade 5 in English language.
Contact Teacher Mr D Spence   dspence@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Course Assessment Students will complete the following units:

A-Level Component 1

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Shakespeare, drama and poetry pre-1900 (closed text)

A-Level Component 2

Written exam: 2 hours and 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Close reading in chosen topic area, comparative contextual study from chosen topic area (closed text)

A-Level Component 3

Non-exam assessment: Linked texts essay and a piece of close analysis (20% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Literature post-1900

Contact Teacher Mr D Spence