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Brief introduction to subject:
At A Level students are expected to read widely outside of the classroom. One of the most exciting parts of the course is the opportunity they have to write about two texts of their own choice for their non-examined assessment. In order to make an informed decision, it is vital that students see reading as a leisure pursuit and that they commit to reading varied, high-quality literature texts in their spare time.
A fundamental part of A Level study is the ability to engage critically and creatively with texts and to respond to the ideas of others. It is therefore important that, alongside set texts, students study a wide range of critical theories and essays.
This course has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject.
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English - Grade 6/6
written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 64 marks
Title: Literary Genres Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy Study of three texts: · one Shakespeare text (Othello) · a second drama text (Death of a Salesman) · one further text of which one must be written pre-1900 (selection of Keats’ poetry)
Title: Texts and Genres Option 2A: Elements of crime writing Study of three texts: · one post-2000 prose text (Atonement) · one poetry text which must be written pre-1900 (The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) · one further text (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd) Exam will include an unseen passage
Title: Theory and Independence Study of two texts, one poetry and one prose, informed by the study of the AQA Critical Anthology which has accessible extracts on the following critical methods and ideas: · narrative theory · feminist theory · Marxist theory · eco-critical theory · post-colonial theory · literary value and the canon · post-colonial theory literary value and the canon
We believe that English is the ultimate facilitating subject. This is because of the undeniable value of being a competent reader and writer. The skills you gain through studying English Literature are marketable in almost any career area. For example, Marketing, Advertising, Teaching, Journalism, Public Relations, Law and many more.