The course aims to develop skills of critical analysis and understanding of individual works of literature, of comparing texts and understanding the important links to cultural, literary and social contexts.You will develop your ability to respond to a wide range of different literary texts, poetry, novels and drama through class discussion, presentations, independent research and formal essay writing.
A Levels are changing to a 2 year linear model. The specifications are currently in draft form so the outline below is only an example of the kind of texts that might be studied.
Component 1: Drama and poetry pre-1900 Exam
You will study one Shakespeare play which might be Hamlet, Twelfth Night or Coriolanus. You will write a close analysis of a short extract from the play and then write an essay on a related theme. You will also study a pre-1900 play and poetry text and write a comparative essay on the two For example: Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband and Christina Rossetti’s poetry
Component 2: Exam
Close reading of unseen texts. Component 3: Coursework Brief description A comparative essay of prose and poetry.
Why study English Literature?
If you have enjoyed studying English Literature at GCSE and are keen to read a wide range of texts including poetry, novels and plays then A level English Literature is a course you are likely to enjoy.
This course is also recommended for students who enjoy analysing literature through class discussions and group work.
English Literature is a course, which combines very well with many other A levels such as History, Classical Civilisation, Theology, and Psychology.
Many students who study one or more of the sciences also enjoy English Literature and enjoy the challenges of different academic disciplines.
An English Literature A level will lead onto the study of the subject at Degree level.
It is also a ‘facilitating subject’, which means that the academic rigour of the course and the skills, which students develop through their studies are transferrable across a range of disciplines.
English Language and Literature – if you prefer to include some study of language and non-fiction texts as well as studying literary texts (novels, plays poetry, short stories).
English Language – if you prefer to study extracts and learn more about the technical side of language including spoken language and the more social aspects of language use (issues of class, gender, accent, etc.).
What makes Loreto’s English department unique?
The English department at Loreto is lively and extremely well qualified, with a broad range of specialisms and interests – many of the staff are interested in creative writing and write themselves.
There are many opportunities for visits – particularly to the theatre and occasionally to films, and to museums and places of local interest to stimulate writing.
We encourage visits by professional writers. Many in the department are also experienced examiners in both literature and language.
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