Group 1 Literature and Language and Literature

In Group 1, all students will study literature, including selections of literature in translation, and may choose to combine this with language depending on their choice of course.

Literature

  • Students study 13 works at higher level and 10 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places
  • Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works
  • The study of literary works in context is emphasised, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation
  • Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities
  • The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of a passage of unseen literary text, and the other a response to a question based on the works studied
  • Students also produce a written assignment based on the works studied in translation, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read

Language and Literature

  • Students study 6 works at higher level and 4 works at standard level from a representative selection of genres, periods and places
  • Students develop the techniques needed for the critical analysis of communication
  • An understanding of how language, culture and context determine the construction of meaning is developed through the exploration of a wide variety of texts, some of which are studied in translation
  • Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities
  • The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary texts, and the other a response to a question based on the literary works studied
  • Students also produce written tasks in a variety of genres, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read

Southbank Group 1 Options

English, French and Spanish are provided without additional charge, and many other languages are available at extra cost. Some taught are: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and Turkish.