English Literature A Level

Subject:                                 English Literature

Level:                                     AS & A LEVEL

Exam Board:                         WJEC

Location:                               Bryn Celynnog

Details

A Level English Literature is interesting, demanding and extremely rewarding. The course encourages the development of an appreciation and enjoyment of literature and literary studies.  Students will embark on a thought provoking exploration of a wide range of texts; those set by their teacher and others that they have selected independently.  Students will be required to engage with these texts critically and creatively, developing their responses to them while applying their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation.

Brief outline of the course:

AS Level: 2 units
AS Unit 1 Prose and drama (20%)

2 hour written examination (closed book)

Section A: Prose fiction pre 19009

Section B: Drama

AS Unit 2 Poetry post 1900 (20%)

2 hour written examination (open book, clean copy)

Section A: Critical Analysis

Section B: Poetry comparison

 

A Level: the above plus a further 3 units
A2 Unit 3 Poetry pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry (20%)

2 hour written examination (open book, clean copy)

Section A: Poetry pre 1900

Section B: Poetry comparison

 

A2 Unit 4 Shakespeare (20%)

2 hour written examination (closed book)

Section A: Shakespeare extract

Section B: Shakespeare essay

 

A2 Unit 5 Prose Study (20%)

Non examination assessment

One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre 2000 and one post 2000, nominated by the centre.

Requirements / skills for entry onto the course

Students are expected to have achieved at least a B grade in GCSE English Language. An enthusiasm for reading a wide range of literacy texts is essential.

Career Opportunities

Studying English Literature develops written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to use words to your advantage and to think and respond analytically. These skills will enhance any area of study and help students to develop confidence in their ability to write in all situations, fitting into a wide range of courses and careers.

Staff to consult for further information

Ms J Conway, Ms E Burniston

 

 

Subject:                       English Literature       

Level:                          AS and A LEVEL

Exam Board:                 W.J.E.C.

Location:                      Y Pant School

 

Details

‘A’ Level English Literature is interesting, thought-provoking, demanding and very hard work but extremely worthwhile and rewarding. The course is literature based, which means that you will be reading and studying drama, poetry and novels. Texts could range from Chaucer to contemporary writers.

 

Requirements/Skills for entry to the course

Normally, you will require at least a B grade in English and in English Literature at G.C.S.E. level. You will need to have a love of reading and be interested in exploring texts in a critical manner. Regular attendance and completion of all work are essential.

 

Brief outline of the course

AS Level: requires study of two units:

Advanced Subsidiary  
Unit 1 POETRY AND DRAMA

LT1 (30%) 2½ hour exam (open text)

Section A – The study of two post 1900 poetry texts focusing on close analysis and comparison.

Section B – The study of one post 1990 drama text focusing on close analysis and examination of context.

Unit 2 PROSE STUDY AND CREATIVE READING

LT2 (20%) Internal Assessment

Section A – The study of two prose texts from 1800-1945 focusing on close analysis, comparison and contextual study.

Section B – A creative writing response to the prose text, followed by a commentary on their creative writing response.

Advanced Level  
Unit 3 PERIOD AND GENRE STUDY

LT3 (20%) Internal Assessment

The study of three texts, two of which need to be of a different period and genre. This will include at least one prose text and one poetry text. The focus will be on close analysis, contextual study and comparison.

Unit 4 POETRY AND DRAMA

LT4 (30%) 2½ hour exam (closed text)

Section A – The study of one pre 1800 poetry text. The focus will be on close analysis, contextual study and comparison with one of a selection of unseen poems.

Section B – The study of a Shakespeare play and one designated ‘partner’ drama text. The focus will be on close analysis, contextual study and comparisons.

 

 

Career Opportunities/Additional Information

English is invaluable in very wide range of careers – for example, law, journalism or any career requiring communication.

 

Staff to consult for further information

Mr G Howells or Mrs J Dyson