Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus
Examining Body - AQA Specification B LINEAR
REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL
Grade 6 in English Language Grade 6 in English Literature
ADDITIONAL COSTS - Approx Drama Texts £30 Prose Texts £30 Poetry Texts £30
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.
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. 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. COMPONENT 2 - Texts & Genres Written Exam 3 hrs (open book)
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