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ENGLISH LITERATURE

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in English Language

Grade 6 in English Literature

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In English Literature, we follow the AQA A Level English Literature

B specification. For the Aspects of Genre element, we study

Aspects of Tragedy. The chosen texts on this side of the

course are as follows: Othello by William Shakespeare, Tess of

the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller. Each text is from a different era and has its

own unique exploration of the genre of Tragedy. For the Texts

and Genres element, we study Elements of Crime Writing. This

involves the study of threemore texts: WhenWill ThereBeGood

News? By Kate Atkinson, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and

a selection of poems from Wilde, Crabbe and Browning.

20%of the course is Non-ExamAssessment; this is the element

of study referred to as Theory and Independence. Students are

required to look at various areas of Literary Criticism, guided

by the AQA Critical Anthology. This work then informs two essays,

one on a prose text and one on a poetry anthology. The choices

of these texts are carefullymade in liaisonwith their class teachers.

Lessons involve a great deal of discussion and evaluation of

core aspects of English Literature. The ethos of Literature in the

classroom involves student interaction and engagement with

the text at a deeper level. Students demonstrate sophisticated

and imaginative ideaswhichbroaden thinking skills andenable

them to explore Literature with great enthusiasm.

PROGRESSION

The ability to formulate arguments in well-constructed, precise

and accurate essays is a major skill fostered by the subject and

desired by universities and employers alike. This A Level helps

in countless careers, including Public Relations, Journalism,

MarketingandAdvertising, TeachingandTVProduction, toname

just a few.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Drama Texts

£30

Prose Texts

£30

Poetry Texts

£30

Examining Body -

AQA Specification B

LINEAR

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of two exams and assessment:

COMPONENT 1 - Literary Genres - TRAGEDY

Written Exam 2.5 hrs (closed text)

40%

of A Level mark

SECTION A: one passage based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

SECTION B: one essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

SECTION C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

The unit involves the study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama

text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

COMPONENT 2 - Texts & Genres

Written Exam 3 hrs (open book)

40%

of A Level mark

SECTION A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

SECTION B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)

SECTION C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)

This unit involves the study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry

and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900 Exam will include

an unseen passage.

COMPONENT 3 - Theory & Independence

Non-Exam Assessment

20%

of A Level mark

This unit involves the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by

study of the Critical anthology. Students will produce two essays of 1,250–1,500 words,

each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical

anthology One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied

by a commentary.

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