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A-level English Literature

The course covers a variety and range of modern and historical prose, poetry and drama texts.

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Exam Board: AQA

English Literature

At Bosworth, English Literature involves the consideration and exploration of many areas of student interest and experience: love, loneliness, prejudice, bravery and perseverance to name but a few. The course covers a variety and range of modern and historical prose, poetry and drama texts.

Entry Requirements

Students have usually studied English Literature at GCSE (or equivalent) and achieved a grade 5/6 or above. Students need to be open-minded and willing to listen to and discuss the opinions of their peers. In addition, a willingness to ‘read around’ texts is essential.

Course Content

Students will develop the key skills of critical thinking, close analysis and structuring responses through the study of set texts.

In Year 12, students study Literary Genres with a focus on Aspects of Comedy. They study two plays, one written by Shakespeare and one written pre-1900, along with a selection of poetry and a modern novel.

In Year 13, the course continues with the study of texts within the genre of Crime Writing, as well as a coursework component that requires independent reading and the study of literary theory.

Where Does it Lead?

English Literature combines well with Modern Foreign Languages, Psychology, Sociology, History, Politics, Economics and Business Studies. It can lead to a degree in Law, Politics, Psychology or almost any other area, and is even popular as a fourth choice for those studying Medicine, providing vital evidence of an ability to empathise.

Assessment

A-level (Years 12-13)
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Paper 1: Literary Genres: Drama: Students study one Shakespeare text, currently ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, and one other drama text, currently ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde. Paper 1 is a written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Paper 2: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry: Students study one prose text, currently ‘Small Island’ by Andrea Levy, and a selection of poetry from the AQA poetry anthology. Paper 2 is a written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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