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    Does english literature require much speaking coursework similar to gcse stuff. so like presentations and dramas or is it entirely written?

    Are we talking about AS?
    If so then in my course (AQA)
    it's all about the written work.

    I have two coursework pieces, one drama and prose.
    Then 1 exam.

    At A Level, yes.

    My course, on the WJEC board, was 60% exam, and 40% coursework, which consisted of 2 essays in AS, and one in A2.

    One exam per year.

    AS - Disaster narrative, based on a story reported in the media. 1000 words.
    AS - Jane Eyre and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Comparison 1,500 words.
    A2 - Notes On A Scandal, Robert Browning's Men and Women, and Alan Bennett's Talking Head Comparison. 3,000 words.

    It's all written, or at least mine is. It's one of the more intensive subjects with respect to how much knowledge you have to assimilate. AS level will require you to read 3 texts for the exam and a further 1 or 2 for coursework.

    If you like reading and you're into it I'd definitely recommend it. There can be some interesting discussions raised and it's a particularly intellectually challenging course.

    I hope it has a presentation thing
    I'm good at those
    But no drama please! Can't act!!

    Mine was similar. Also WJEC I think..

    AS - Creative writing coursework based on either The Woman In Black - Susan Hill, or The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood.
    Then poetry (Carol Ann Duffy & Sheenagh Pugh) and a play (Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel).

    A2 - Coursework comparisons between Beloved by Toni Morrison, Hardy's poems and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
    Then The Tempest & Dr Faustus (Shakespeare & Marlowe) and we're just starting the Wife Of Bath's Tale by Chaucer.

    It's a really good varied course but no speaking bits. Which is a shame because I enjoyed them!
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