Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who enjoy analysing poetry, novels and plays. The context of the works and critical views of the texts are also important aspects. A willingness to engage with the viewpoints of others is crucial to succeed in this course. Students will study two plays, two novels which you will compare, and a selection of modern and pre-1900 poetry.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Enjoy reading books, engaging with drama, prose and poetry texts, through the ages;
  • Enjoy sharing ideas in discussion;
  • Are interested in how writers use words, phrases and sentences to influence an audience;
  • Would like to progress to study English at Higher Education;
  • Would like to go into employment in journalism or related careers.

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%).   The Units are: Drama

  • Tragedy: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams;
  • Comedy: Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley;
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro.
  • Poetry from Forward Anthology Poems of the Decade;
  • A selection of Romantic poetry.
Non-exam Assessment:
  • Independent reading to produce one 3000 word essay comparing texts.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysing and evaluating fiction texts/genres
  • Critical reading and annotation behaviours
  • Extended analytical essay writing in beginning stages of coursework
  • Essay writing
  • Effort
  • Resilience
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Literacy and oracy communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Self-motivation

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Librarian
  • Speech and Language Therapist

A Level

Course Leader:
David Green

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English Literature with an average points score 4.6 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%).