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GCE AS/A Level English Literature

Programme Description

Do you have a love of books?  Do you get lost in the emotion of literature? Within this course, students will have the opportunity to study the three key genres of literature: Prose; Poetry; and Drama. A range of texts will be chosen from Classical Novels, such as Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’ to more contemporary texts such as Zadie Smith’s ‘N-W’.  Although texts change on a two to three year cycle. 

Students in English@CSG will be asked to work on identified texts, from different centuries through time and develop their theoretical and communication skills in order to analyse literature.  This course is mainly assessed through formal, external examinations, although one coursework unit is carried out in lessons in year two, under controlled conditions.

Programme Features

Wide reading of a range of texts from medieval to modern, across the key genres of Prose, Poetry and Drama. In particular, we concentrate on, and hone your skills in discussion, presentation and formal essay writing. The development of transferable skills and taking part in external activities including theatre visits and seminars at Higher Education providers, is encouraged throughour your two years with us in English@CSG.

Progression & Employment

A Level English Literature can lead to success in Higher Education which could lead onto careers in Journalism, Creative Writing, Publishing, Media, Teaching, Librarianship, Performing Arts, Advertising and Marketing.  It is invaluable for those progressing into Media, Law, Journalism, Creative Writing, Teaching, etc.. Most recently, one of the A Level English Literature students has gone on to Cardiff University to study English and has set herself the aspirational target to go on to challenge J K Rowling as a successful author of teenage novels.

88% A* - C and 100% A* - E in 2018 examinations.

Programme Content

A Level English Literature has a wide range of texts and approaches over Year one and Year two.  In Year 1, we drill down into the literary devises, strategies and techniques used in drama, prose and poetry.  We build upon these skills in Year 2 and delve further into the analysis of Classic and Contemporary Poetry, and a Shakespeare text.  This year we are studying 'The Tempest'. 

The coursework is done, using the skills and techniques learned in class, on two prose texts: one pre 2000 and one post-2000. This is sat under controlled conditions and moderated eternally. 

Programme Assessment

AS Level English Literature is assessed through two external examinations:

  • Drama and Prose: 20% of A-Level grade.
  • Poetry: 20% of A-Level grade.

In year two, A Level English Literature is assessed through two external examinations and one coursework module:

  • Poetry Analysis and Classical Poetry: 20% of A-Level grade.
  • Shakespeare: The Tempest: 20% of A-Level grade.
  • Coursework unit on two prose texts, one pre-2000 and one post-2000: 20% of A-Level grade.

Programme Entry Requirements

Normally students 16 - 19 years of age will require a minimum of 7 GCSEs at grades A* - C.

Entry requirements: GCSE B grade or above in English Literature andat least a C in English Language. A genuine interest and love of reading and talking about texts (novels, plays, prose and poetry) is essential.  This course has a high level of higher level writing and extended wiriting skills.

Entry for mature students without formal qualifications is at the discretion of the Faculty.