English Literature

A Level

Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

Overview

If you enjoy reading a wide range of texts including poetry, plays and novels, then this is the course for you. It will enhance your ability to appreciate and analyse a wide variety of literature and develop the skills needed to be able to write critically and creatively. 

You’ll study tragedy, including Shakespeare’s Othello, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and a novel and poetry by Thomas Hardy. You’ll also explore power, inequality, oppression and rebellion, including William Blake poetry and two modern novels. You will also examine texts from varied critical perspectives, such as feminist and Marxist interpretations, and question what constitutes ‘value’ in literature.

Many students proceed to English degree courses, with career choices including journalism, teaching, public relations, law and the media, and other areas where confidence and competence in communicating are valuable

Availability & Details

English Literature, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2LIT

Venue
HSDC South Downs Campus
Dates
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above.

The two year course will enhance your ability to both appreciate and analyse a wide variety of literature and develop the skills needed to be able to write critically and creatively about plays, novels and poems.

 

Much class time will be spent in small group work exploring ideas and issues, getting involved in class discussion, watching films and theatrical performances, and working on preparing written responses to each text.

By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.

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Everyone at the College was really helpful, and there’s lots of facilities, meaning it’s very easy to get your work done on time, and get good grades. The teaching and support was excellent, they were always on top of it, and made sure you got work done on time and you were challenged. Everyone is friendly and its really diverse, meaning you can get involved in lots of different things.

Conor Ward, BTEC student

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student

South Downs College is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student

Progression

Many Literature students proceed to study for English degree courses. English can also be combined with many other subjects in very many courses.

Careers

Journalism, teaching, public relations, information services, working in the field of law, the media, and other areas where confidence and competence in communicating are valuable.

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