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A Level English Literature

A Level English Literature

A Level English Literature

Course Level: 
Level 3
Job opportunities after this course: 
English literature is a very useful subject for a variety of professions such as: publishing, editing, teaching, archiving, public relations, advertising, journalism. Your opportunities are almost limitless.
Overview of the course: 
The English Literature A Level allows you to develop your reading and writing skills allowing you to communicate in a fluent and academic way. You will sit formal assessments in the style of two open-book exams in the summer of your first year. Leading up to this you will be assessed in class using a series of methods ranging from class debate, individual/group tasks, creative interpretations and mock exams.
Entry requirements: 
For English Literature you will need grade 6 or above in English or English Literature at GCSE. For a 3 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of five 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics. For a 4 A level programme you will need to have a minimum of six 9-4 grade passes at GCSE which includes English and Mathematics; it is expected that the majority of passes will be at 7-9 grade. Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.
Topics: 
In the first year you’ll study drama, poetry and prose, this includes; a study of two plays from the Tragedy genre; the classic Hamlet by William Shakespeare’s and the modern domestic tragedy, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. This will help you understand the origins of Tragedy as well as how this archaic and classical genre has influenced contemporary styles of writing. Your analysis and interpretation skills will be further stretched with an Anthology of Post 2000 poetry from Poems of the Decade which features, among many, UA Fanthorpe, Heaney and Duffy. You will also complete a comparative study on the topic of Science and Society using literature’s first ever Sci-Fi novel; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) and Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. During the course you will analyse why authors make certain choices when telling their stories, as well as the effect their writing has on the reader. The second year will focus on coursework linked by theme, movement, author or period which is worth 20% of your overall A Level grade, followed by and three open-book exams worth 80%. Your exams will be on the texts outlined above and further supported by additional texts. All texts studied will involve wide reading on a largely independent scale and evaluated using a range of perspectives and literary criticism, including that of a psychoanalytic, Marxist and Feminist vein. In second year, you will go on to study the work of Victorian poet, Christina Rossetti as well as a further selection of Post 2000 poetry in preparation for the unseen element of the poetry exam. Famous female poets in literary history, Christina Rossetti as well as a further selection of Post 2000 poetry in preparation for the unseen element of the poetry exam.
How is the course assessed?: 
You will sit three exams at the end of the second year: Paper 1: Drama – A Streetcar Named Desire and Hamlet Paper 2: Prose – Frankenstein and The Handmaid’s Tale Paper 3: Poetry – Christina Rossetti and Poems of the Decade Exams are worth a total of 80% of the overall A Level grade. There is also a coursework element which requires students to write comparatively on two literary works of their own choosing worth 20% of the overall coursework grade.
Further study options after this course: 
This course is for students who are passionate about reading with a desire to study literature at an advanced level, and who want to develop their analytical reading and academic writing skills. Traditional university routes include: BA (Hons) English Literature, BA (Hons) English Studies, BA (Hons) English Language, BA (Hons) Creative Writing and BA (Hons) History.
Length of the course: 
2 Years, Full Time. This full time study programme courses may also be available to study on a part-time basis if you are aged 18 or over on 31st August. Please check with Student Services for more details.
Campus: 
Peterlee Campus
When does the course start: 
September 2020
Fees: 
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (03 Jun 2020 23:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually
What our students say: 
We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year. Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below. 98% stated it was easy to apply for the course 96% said the teaching on my course is good 99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well 97% told us they felt safe at college 98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear 95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step 95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best 97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve 'English Literature has helped me to develop my critical thinking skills; I have loved studying ‘the gothic’ at A2 level' – Sarah 'The course has offered an insight into a variety of different aspects of literature. I have enjoyed the Gothic content thoroughly, especially The Bloody Chamber' - James
How to apply: 
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