English Literature

A Level

Course code
HSDC-SD-AP2LIT
Type of study
Full-Time
Examination board
AQA

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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

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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College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student

There are great teachers here. South Downs College has felt more like a University than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, 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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