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speaking and listening
GCSE English Language (Level 2)
AS Level English Literature (Level 3)
A Level English Literature (Level 3)
What does the course involve?
GCSE is entirely assessed by exam. There is a speaking and listening component which, although compulsory, does not contribute to the final grade. You will study a range of texts of different types and genres, but the exam is entirely skills-based; there are no ‘set texts’ that you have to answer questions on.
The main subject for AS and Year 1 of A Level English Literature will be Love Through the Ages.
The main topic for Year 2 of A Level will be World War One and its aftermath. However, the A Level also includes a coursework element which gives you a wide choice of texts.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion and written work. Students undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal essay ‘homework’ and exam practice. The A Level coursework unit offers the chance for both supported and independent study.
For GCSE a grade D (grade 3) in English is preferable, together with an internal assessment that shows that you are working at the appropriate level. For AS and A Level English Literature, 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above are normally required; these should include maths and English language. There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
GCSE: 100% exam
AS: 100% exam
A Level: 20% coursework and 80% exam
One to two years for GCSE and one year for AS Level 2 years for A Level
Where will it take me?
The GCSE qualification is a gateway to employment and to further academic study. Most universities will insist on a grade C in GCSE English. After studying A Level English Literature, most students go on to Higher Education. A Level English Literature is highly valued by universities and can enable students entry onto a range of subjects. Careers include researcher, digital copywriter, journalist, school teacher.
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