Why study English Literature?

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”   William Shakespeare: Hamlet act II scene 2

A-Level English Literature is a demanding but extremely interesting course and follows on from the study of texts begun in GCSE English and English Literature. The course will encourage you to think at a new level and will assess the following skills:
  • Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression
  • Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts
  • Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers 
  • Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received 
Course Requirements
Compulsory requirements 
  • 5A*-C GCSE grades, including a C in English Language and a C in English Literature
Personal attributes
  • Proven commitment and drive to succeed
  • Keen interest in reading novels, plays and/or poetry
  • Interest in creative writing
Course Outline
The course details are given as a guide as awarding bodies are introducing new specifications from 2015. Please see awarding body websites, (e.g. www.aqa.org.uk, www.ocr.org.ukfor more details.

Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative
This will introduce the candidates to the central position of narrative in the ways in which literary texts work, involving many different aspects of literary representation.
Four texts for study:
2 novels - post 1990 - Texts include: The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
2 poetry 1800-1945 - Texts include: The Poetry of Thomas Hardy, John Keats and Christina Rossetti
Unit 2 - Dramatic Genres
This will introduce candidates to aspects of genre: this year the focus is ‘Comedy’
At least two plays with the dramatic genre of comedy
At least one of the plays must be by William Shakespeare

How the Course is Assessed
    Unit 1 - Aspects of Narrative
    Written examination - 2 hours Open book
    Weighting: 60% of total AS /30% of total A-Level marks

    Unit 2 - Dramatic Genres
    Coursework: A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework
    Weighting: 40% of total AS /20% of total A-Level marks

    Links to Careers
    Editing and publishing, teaching, journalism, media, marketing, writing, copy writing, politics, advertising and marketing, arts administration, public relations, library administration, law.

    Links to University
    English Literature, English Language, American Studies, Archaeology, Comparative Literature, Film Studies, History, History of Art, International Relations, Law, Linguistics, Marketing, Philosophy, Politics, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theology

    SyllabusAS/A2 Level English Literature
    Examination Board: AQA 2745
    More Information: Mr. M Weavers mweavers@kingsleyacademy.org

    Further information