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English Literature AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

You could take a degree in subjects such as English Literature, Law, Politics, Media, Journalism or Education.

This course will prepare you for a future career in education, law, media, advertising, journalism and many more.

This is an exciting course designed for students who are interested in reading and discussing a wide range of poems, plays, prose, novels and short stories. At A Level students have an opportunity to broaden their understanding of genre and extend their independent reading still further.

 This course is for you if you have ever had these thoughts:

  • I enjoyed studying books, plays and poems for GCSE.
  • I love reading.
  • I enjoy discussing texts with other people who appreciate Literature.
  • I find it fascinating to explore writers’ ideas about important issues.
  • I enjoy close analysis to explore how a writer uses language and form.
  • I would enjoy an AS subject which allows me to develop insight and strong communication skills.
  • I am interested in exploring the influences which contribute to the writing of a text.

English A Level is designed to be taken over 2 years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. The AS course involves students sitting 2 examinations. Texts studied at AS will also be relevant for the A Level course.

Course content

AS English Literature
(AQA Spec. B)

Students will study 4 texts: 2 texts for Paper 1 and 2 texts for paper 2                   

Paper 1  Literary Genres (Drama)
There are 2 study options: Aspects of Tragedy or Aspects of Comedy.

For each of these options, students will  study 1 Shakespeare play and  1 further drama text.

Paper 2  Literary Genres (Prose and Poetry)

There are 2 study options: Aspects of Tragedy or Aspects of Comedy.

For each of these options, students will study 1 prose text and 1 poetry text.

 

A Level English Literature

Students will study 8 texts: 3 texts for Paper 1, 3 texts for Paper 2 and 2 texts for  Non-Exam Assessment (NEA).

Paper 1  Literary Genres
There are 2 study options: Aspects of Tragedy or Aspects of Comedy.

For each of these options, students will  study 1 Shakespeare play, a second drama text and a further  prose, poetry or drama text.

Paper 2  Texts and Genres

There are 2 study options: Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Political Writing.

For each of these options, students will study 1 post-2000 prose text, 1 poetry text and a further text. Students are also examined on an unseen text.

Assessment

AS Examinations

Paper 1—Literary Genres (Drama)50 marks (50% of total AS marks)    ( 1 hour 30 mins). Closed book.

Paper 2—Literary Genres (Prose and Poetry)  50 marks (50% of total AS marks)    (1 hour 30 mins). Open book

 

A Level Examinations

Paper 1 Literary Genres 75 marks (40% of total marks)  (2 hours 30 mins). Closed book.

Paper 2 Texts and Genres 75 marks (40% of total marks)  (3 hours ). Open book.

Non Exam Assessment: EA Theory and Independence (20% of total marks).

Students produce 2 pieces of coursework, each on a different text: 1 poetry and 1 prose. Each text will be linked  to a critical theory from the AQA Critical Anthology.

These texts cannot be chosen from any set text list. The word count for each piece is 1250-1500.


 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birchwood Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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