A' Level English Literature AQA (Full AS/A2)

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A' Level English Literature

AQA (Full AS/A2) 

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A Level in English Literature. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level English Literature is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level English Literature exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A Level English Literature course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

By the time you have completed this course, your knowledge and awareness of literary techniques and traditions should be significa…

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A' Level English Literature

AQA (Full AS/A2) 

A distance learning course is the ideal way to gain an A Level in English Literature. Whether you're looking to go on to further education, improve your job prospects or expand your knowledge, distance learning A Level English Literature is a flexible and convenient course, which allows you to comprehensively prepare for the A Level English Literature exam through home study. What's more, because the distance learning A Level English Literature course is a fully comprehensive course, no prior knowledge is required.

By the time you have completed this course, your knowledge and awareness of literary techniques and traditions should be significantly improved and you should have gained a sophisticated understanding of the relationship between literary texts and their contexts in the wider world. It is intended that you will develop the ability to analyse literary texts and communicate complex literary arguments using appropriate technical terminology.

FORMAT OF COURSE (Modules Overview)

The course is split into two major components - AS and A2.  The AS level can be sat in its own right. Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study.

The course structure reflects the new 4-module A-level structure of the AQA 2740A specification.

AS Level

Introduction to Victorian Literature

Thomas Hardy: Selected Poems

Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre

Tom Stoppard: Arcadia

A2 Level

Love through the Ages

Literary Connections

Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D'Urbervilles

John Fowles: The French Lieutenant's Woman

Shakespeare: Othello

HOME STUDY SUPPORT

Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions.  There are eighteen tutor-marked assignments (known as TMAs).

Coursework

At AS level, students will write a response to the set prose text  (Jane Eyre) and a response to the drama text (Arcadia). Full details are provided within the course.

At A2 level, students will have the opportunity to write a sustained comparative essay on three texts of their own choice (including one Shakespeare play)  linked by a specific theme, in this case desire.

You will be provided with comprehensive materials designed to provide you with everything required to complete your course of study. You will have your own personal tutor helping you with your course work and with any questions you may have. Plus you can contact a Student Advisors by email or phone for all the practical advice you may need – so we really are with you 100%.

Your tutor will give you various resource sites to visit and there is extra material in the Student Support Portal. In addition there are several supporting texts books for this course but again this depends on which approach you are following and which book best suits your individual needs

COURSE RESOURCES

Introductory Module

‘Literary Analysis’; no set texts: covers a wide range of unseen

literary material

Module 1 Victorian Literature (Poetry)

(set) Thomas Hardy: Selected Poetry (Everyman, ed. Norman Page,

ISBN: 1-857-15717-6) and

Three Victorian Poets, ed. Janet Ogborn (Cambridge University

Press, 1998, ISBN 0 521 62710 9) (optional)

Module 2 Victorian Literature (Drama & Prose)

(set) Charlotte Brontë: Jane Eyre (Penguin Classics, ISBN:

0141441143) and

(set) Tom Stoppard: Arcadia (Faber & Faber, 1993; ISBN 0-571-

16934-1)

Module 3 Love through the Ages

Texts to be confirmed

Module 4 ‘Literary Connections’

selected texts: Thomas Hardy: Tess of the d’Urbervilles (Penguin

ISBN: 0-414-43959-9)

and John Fowles: The French Lieutenant's Woman (Penguin, ISBN:

0-099-47833-1)

Shakespeare selected text: Much Ado about Nothing (Arden

[Thomson] edition; ISBN: 1-903-43646-X)

THE EXAMINATION STRUCTURE 

AS level

Candidates should study six texts - three (one of each genre) in detail, and three texts for wider reading and contextual support. The expectation of this specification is that the three texts for wider reading will be delivered mainly through an equivalence of extracts.

Other requirements at AS are that:

• at least one text will have been written between 1800 and 1945

• at least one text will have been written post-1990

In addition, the following choices may be made;

• one text (or its equivalent) may be non-fiction, literary criticism or cultural commentary

• one text (or its equivalent) may be literature in translation

AS Options

The specification offers three alternative areas of study at AS level. Candidates will choose one of the three areas of study:

• Either Option A: Victorian Literature

• Or Option B: World War One Literature

• Or Option C: The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature.

This course has already made the selection for you – Option A.

The three optional areas of study will not change for five years (until 2014). The chosen area of study will be assessed at AS by two units: a two hour written examination (unit 1) and coursework (unit 2). At AS candidates are required to study six texts. Candidates should select three texts (one of each genre) for close study as follows:

• For Unit 1, one poetry text from a set text list of three.

• For Unit 2 (coursework) one drama text from a suggested list of three texts and one prose text from a suggested list of ten texts.

Having chosen the three texts for detailed study, one must also choose the equivalent of three texts (that is, relevant extracts from appropriate texts) of any genre as wider reading. Suggested texts for wider reading from which extracts might be taken are provided for each option at the end of Section 3 of the specification. Dickens, Wilde, Browning and Tennyson are amongst the authors named.

As well as these restrictions, a candidate’s reading should comprise

(for Option A):

• 1 of the 6 written between 1800 and 1945

• 1 of the 6 written post 1990 - this will link to Victorian Literature by theme, setting etc

• 1 text (or its equivalent) may be literature in translation (none included here)

• 1 text (or its equivalent) may be non-fiction, literary criticism, cultural commentary

The A2 Specification

The requirements for all A2 specifications in Literature are that candidates will study six texts (or their equivalent) covering all three genres.

At A2, as at AS, one has the freedom to make appropriate choices of texts for both units at A2 in order to construct a coherent course of study. The units may be linked or they may stand separately.

Unit 3 has the theme Love through the Ages as its focus. In order to prepare candidates for the examination, teachers need to construct a course of reading and study which spans the centuries and explores the theme as it is expressed through all genres and by both genders. The examination paper will consist of unprepared texts, thematically grouped. Skills of close reading and analysis, interpretation, comparison and the ability to evaluate the influence of various contextual factors will be assessed.

For Unit 4 (coursework) teachers need to ensure that each candidate will have the opportunity to write a sustained comparative essay on three texts of their own choice linked by either the theme of Love Through the Ages or by a theme of their own choice.

What's Included

As a student, your course fee covers everything you will need to successfully complete the A' Level English Literature home study course and earn your A' Level qualification:

a full range of student services, including assessments

unlimited educational support by e-mail or phone

the marking of a series of assignments

written answers to specific study problems

a copy of Andrew Johnson's "How to Study at Home"

Students are required to arrange and pay for examinations, students should note exam dates for the syllabus via the exam board website. Details of examination dates and examination enrolment deadlines are included in the 'Student Welcome Pack'.

HOME STUDY COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course.  This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about A' Level English Literature and would like to take part in a highly rewarding home study course. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 24 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

COURSE FEES

The enrolment fee for the A' Level English Literature (Full AS + A2) home study course is £437.50 (inc VAT), though for a limited time we are offering you the opportunity to pay only £350 (inc VAT) which is a 20% discount if you enrol online and pay in full.

You can also opt for our Easy Payment Plan and enrol online today by paying a deposit of £87.50 and then 4 equal payments of £87.50 per month. The first instalment is paid about a month after you receive your course.

For International Students who wish to enrol - 

(Additional £40 postage / packing & administration)

COURSE QUALIFICATION

This course prepares candidates for the AQA English Literature AS level syllabus 1740, for examination in 2010-11 and later years. Most candidates will then study the A2 syllabus 2740. The full Advanced Level qualification comprises AS and A2.

Assessment is by one written 2 hour examination paper and one piece of extended coursework at AS level. The same applies at A2 level. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the most suitable for home learners.

AS/A2 - A level in English Literature. Both AS and A2 level courses and examinations must be successfully completed to gain a full A level.

FURTHER COURSE INFORMATION 

Students are required to arrange and pay for their examinations and manage the course work element if the subject requires this. Students must check the relevant examination board website for further information and final examination sitting dates for the specification.

POSTAGE & PACKING

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