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A-Level English Literature

Open Study College

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This course prepares students for the A-Level examination in English Literature. It will teach you what you need to feel confident taking the exam. Upon successful completion of the examination, you will receive an A-Level in English Literature.

You will explore aspects of narrative, time and sequence, characterisation and voice. Students will gain the skills to analyse poetry and literature in context and will have the opportunity to read and interpret important literary works such as The Great Gatsby, The Road, The Coast, and The Road Not Taken.

This course has been adapted for distance learning, so it is very convenient. You will receive all course materials via an online campus, where you can take part in student chat rooms and student community forums to exchange ideas and tips. You will also receive tutor support by email for the full duration of the course.

Students can start the A-Level at any time and will have two years to complete the course. If you would like to complete the A-Level in a shorter timeframe you may do so, provided that examinations are arranged in advance.


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What you'll learn on the course

Narrative writing
The Great Gatsby
Time and Scene
Point of View
Voice and Place

Course programme

Course Content:


  • The AQA A-Level English Literature B – Overview
  • The Assessment Objectives: What are the Examiners Looking For?
  • Study Skills for English Literature
  • Answering Questions in English Literature

Unit LITB1: Aspects of Narrative

  • Aspects of Narrative
  • Time and Sequence as an Aspect of Narrative
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Characterisation, voice and place in The Great Gatsby
  • Time and Scene
  • Point of View
  • Destination
  • Introduction to 'The Road'
  • Characterisation and voice
  • 'The Coast'
  • Destination
  • Reading Poetry
  • 'The Road Not Taken'
  • Imagery and its Use in 'After Apple Picking'
  • 'Out, Out'
  • 'The Draft Horse'
  • 'The Axe-Helve'
  • 'The Wood Pile'
  • 'A Considerable Speck' and 'An Unstamped Letter'
  • W.H. Auden Selection, 'As I Walked Out One Evening'
  • Musee des Beaux Arts
  • September 1, 1939
  • O What Is That Sound?
  • Lighter Poems
  • Overview and exam preparation

Unit LITB2: Dramatic Genres - Comedy

  • Introduction to Dramatic Genres
  • Introduction to Comedy
  • The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Critical Approaches, Themes and Interpretations
  • Generating COURSEwork Ideas
  • Twelfth Night
  • Situation and Set-Up
  • The Comic Centre of the Play
  • Choosing COURSEwork Titles for Twelfth Night

Unit LITB3: Texts and Genres - Elements of the Gothic

  • Elements of the Gothic
  • Critical Responses and Approaches to the Gothic
  • Introduction to The White Devil
  • Frankenstein
  • Form, Structure and Language
  • Characterisation
  • Themes and Allusions
  • Critical Receptions and Approaches
  • Frankenstein and The Gothic
  • Short stories
  • ‘The Bloody Chamber’
  • ‘The Courtship of Mr Lyon’ and ‘The Tiger’s Bride’
  • ‘Puss-in-Boots’
  • ‘The Erl-King’
  • ‘The Snow Child’
  • ‘The Lady of the House of Love’
  • ‘The Werewolf’ and ‘The Company of Wolves’
  • ‘Wolf-Alice’
  • Making Connections Between Stories
  • Preparing For The Examination

Unit LITB4: Further and Independent Reading

  • Overview of Unit LITB4
  • Introducing the AQA Critical Anthology
  • Section A: Political Readings
  • Section B: The Meaning of Metaphor
  • Section C: Beauty and Value in Literature
  • Coursework Task on the Application of Critical Ideas
  • Comparative Essay: Choosing Texts
  • Making Connections Across Texts
  • Compare and Contrast: Your Comparative Essay Title
  • Writing Your Coursework Essays

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