NSCG | A Level English Literature
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Course overview

If you enjoy reading and analysing literary texts, then this is the course for you. You will study a range of challenging and stimulating works from a variety of periods from 1610 - 2019.

Component 1
Topics include:
Drama Pre 1900. Texts include:
Hamlet
Coleridge
A Doll’s House

Component 2
Topics include:
American Literature. Texts include:
The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath

Component 3 (coursework module)
Topics include:

The History Boys
Sylvia Plath
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

We aim to provide a stimulating, personally enriching experience of literature. We read, discuss and study a variety of plays, novels and poetry from past and present authors and eras. Extensive wider reading on your own part will enable you to make the most of your abilities and derive the best from the course.

What else do I need to know?

Trips and visits include; theatre trips to various locations, including London and a visit to the Globe Theatre and the British Library. Links with the local theatre, The New Vic, including workshops with Keele University to develop subject expertise at a higher level. Enrichment activities will include a book club and a student blog.

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What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English Language, in subjects relevant to your A Level or A+ Programme subject choices.

How is it assessed?

Assessment is comprised of two examinations and one piece of coursework at the end of two years of study.

Progression to year 2 will be dependent on successful completion of the first year taking into account Internal Progression Examination results and the Key Assessment Profile throughout the first year.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On successful completion of your A Level programme, you can progress to university or employment. Careers such as publishing, marketing, editing, teaching and journalism, amongst others, appeal to students with A Level English Literature.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Stuart Last, Head of A Level English, by e-mailing: stuart.last@nscg.ac.uk

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