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English Literature A Level at Chipping Sodbury School

Course description

If you are a lover of books then this is the course for you! As a student of English literature you will learn to think analytically and to read critically. You will have to deal with a large amount of written text and demonstrate initiative and responsibility for your learning.

The course will be taught through group and individual presentations, class discussion and tutorials with your teacher, particularly for coursework. In addition, you will need to spend homework time preparing for lessons by reading set texts and researching around the subject. To be successful, you will need to enjoy reading and the study of literature, and be prepared to read widely outside the course requirements. You will be expected to contribute to group discussion and to focus on developing written expression. Participation in experiences outside the classroom is an integral part of the course.

Entry requirements

For all Level 3 courses, students are expected to have achieved a minimum of 5 GGSEs at grade C or equivalent. For A Levels this should include both English and Maths.

Assessment

AS: Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare & Poetry

Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA Anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre 1900 or post 1900)

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 ½ hours
  • closed book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS level

Questions

Section A: Shakespeare

  • One passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)

Section B: Poetry

  • One question on printed poem (25 marks)

AS: Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose

Study of two prose texts. Exam will include an unseen prose extract

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 ½ hours
  • open book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS level

Questions

Section A: Unseen prose.

  • One Compulsory question on unseen prose extract (25 marks)

Section B: Comparing prose texts

  • One comparative question on two prose texts (25 marks)

A2: Paper 1: Love through the Ages

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

Exam will include two unseen poems

Assessed

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • open book in Section C only
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A- level

A2: Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts

Choice of two options Option Block C: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day Option Block D: World War 1 and its aftermath

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000

Exam will include an unseen extract

Assessed  

  • written exam: 2 ½ hours
  • open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A- level

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography

Assessed

  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • assessed by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Students who study English Language or English Literature at A level go on to a variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, law, marketing, management and the media. Employers like the high level comprehension, independent work and presentation skills which the course encourages.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Sodbury School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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