Frequently asked questions

Advanced level English is a comprehensive course in language and literature that develops your creative and critical skills. You will study a Shakespeare play, a collection of poems by Seamus Heaney, two novels and linguistics. You will also acquire literary criticism, essay- and summary-writing skills. Moreover, you will learn how to prepare for the speaking component of the examination. By the end of the course, you should master the writing skills that will help you continue your studies at higher level.
Intermediate English is designed to help you gain a more in-depth knowledge of language and literature in preparation for university study. You will learn to write a variety of language essays while developing reading, summary and comprehension skills. You will also study a collection of short stories and learn how to use a critical vocabulary in your written response to the text. Moreover, you will also prepare for a speaking component as part of your preparation for this examination.
English A level is mainly a literature exam. 60% of the content is Literature, so it helps if you have a literarute background. A grade C or better in SEC English Literature is recommended.
Studying English is challenging but at the same time rewarding,as it encourages you to express yourself, to be creative and imaginative and to develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written and spoken.
A good grasp of the English language is highly recommended at this stage,a s the medium of instruction,assignments and background reading is English.
You will do well if you work closely with your lecturers in the Department of English. Your lecturers will help you understand the content of the syllabus and in turn, you will improve by attending and participating in all the sessions, doing all the tasks set and reading in preparation for your lectures. Reading is the key to achieving good results in both English Advanced and Intermediate level.
You will have 6 lectures a week in A level during which you will cover literature and work out essays in Language and literary criticism.
In first-year, we cover the novel Wuthering Heights by Bronte E. (Oxford 978019954898); Linguistics in Revision Express AS & A2 English Language by Gardiner (Pearson Ed Ltd 978-1-4082-06539) and poetry in Opened Ground: Seamus Heaney (Faber&Faber 9780571194933). The department publishes its own booklet for language and literary criticism practice.
You will have 2 lectures per week, during which you will cover the literature and language content. You will also have the opportunity to practice speaking in a one-to-one setting.
In first-year, we cover four short stories from Short Story Collection (Merlin LIbrary 9789995753559). The department publishes its own booklet for language practice.
Assessment is continuous both in English Advanced and English Intermediate level. You will be assessed twice a year (end of January and end of May). The assessment mark is an average mark of a set of number of tasks which include both language and literature.
The content and marking for assessment is based on the MATSEC exam paper and on the MATSEC correction criteria.
MATSEC sets 3 papers at A level (Paper I - three questions on literature (drama, poetry, poetry crit); Paper II - three questions on literature (two novels and prose crit); Paper III - three questions on language (composition, summary linguistics).
MATSEC sets one paper at Intermediate level which includes three questions - a composition, a comprehension and a literature essay.
First of all, studying English will improve your language skills which are the basis of any course you take up at University. Good communication skills are also essential in any workplace. Secondly, English gives you the opportunity to build a successful career in Journalism, Adverstising, Creative Writing, Teaching, Publishing and Content Writing, amongst others.

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