English Literature

AS and A2 Level Course Outlines

 

MPW Easter Revision English Literature courses are arranged largely on an individual basis. ER Literature tutors will generally be able to offer the popular texts being taught across the major examination boards of AQA, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC. Students are advised to contact the college to discuss the texts they are studying. Where two or more students wish to study the same text a group may be formed.

Generally, tutors will tailor the course to the needs of the individual and students are strongly urged to provide as much detail as possible when returning their questionnaire. Please ensure that you write down precise details of the specification you are following:

  • name of the examination board
  • subject and component code
  • edition of the text you have been recommended to use

May we remind all students of English Literature that all the examination boards have strict guidelines governing the annotation of texts in open-book examinations – ie exams where you are permitted to take in your text or anthology book – so we advise that all note-taking be done on paper rather than in the actual book.

HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL LITERATURE EXAMINATION ESSAY

"Many answered at length ... determined to make use of everything they knew from and about the play". This comment is taken from an examiner’s report and describes "the weakest candidates" on an essay paper. Perhaps surprisingly, no criticism is made of their knowledge of the play - which appears ample - nor of their understanding of its themes and characters. What distinguishes these weak candidates is simply their inability to use their knowledge for examination purposes; in other words to write essays in a way which scores marks.  This module has been designed to address this common problem amongst English students and will deal with the perennial problem of writing comprehensive, fluent and well structured essays in an hour or less. It will cover such skills as:

  • How to demonstrate your knowledge of the text
  • How to choose and use quotations
  • How to plan an essay, how to structure an argument and how to write strong introductions and conclusions
  • How to know what the question is really asking and what opportunities it offers for a high-grade answer
  • How to target the assessment objectives (AOs)

Time will also be devoted to revision techniques and examination time management.  The module  will  have  a  'hands  on'  approach  when  past  essays  will  be  scrutinised  and  their strengths and weaknesses evaluated.  Students are expected to bring along their past essays for commentary. Students taking this module will learn how to identify the requirements of essay questions, in order to attain the highest grades. They will practise planning responses to past paper questions.

Please write “How to Write a Successful Literature Examination Essay” on the registration form.