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English Literature AS/A-Level at Haydon School

Course description

The AS Level and A Level qualifications have now been decoupled, which means that the mark achieved in the AS exam will not contribute to the A Level. However, the curriculums for both qualifications have been designed so that the AS specification and the first year of the A Level specification can be taught alongside each other.

Course content

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1: ASPECTS OF TRAGEDY
Students study four texts: one Shakespeare play, one further drama text, one poetry text and one prose text. At the core of all the set texts is a tragic hero or heroine who is flawed in some way, who suffers and causes suffering to others, and in all texts there is an interplay between what might be seen as villains and victims.

A2 LEVEL

UNIT 1: ASPECTS OF TRAGEDY
Students study three texts: one Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further text.

UNIT 2: TEXTS AND GENRES
In contrast to the literary genres of tragedy and comedy, the texts for this unit are grouped together as having elements of more modern genres: either crime writing or political and social protest writing. These genres, which are heavily influenced by culture, are continually evolving. Students study three texts: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. They also respond to an unseen passage in the exam.

UNIT 3: THEORY AND INDEPENDENCE - COURSEWORK
In this component, students write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other must be prose. Each text must be linked to a different section of the Critical Anthology (which includes Marxist theory, Feminist theory and Post-colonial theory.

Assessment

AS-Level: (100% Externally Assessed Exams)

A2-Level: (80% Externally Assessed Exam, 20% Internally Assessed Coursework)

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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