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Reformed English Literature at John Willmott School (JWS)

Course description

LEVEL AS/A2 Level

EXAMINATION BOARD EDEXCEL

Course content

If you have been successful at GCSE English Literature.  This is suitable for those who enjoy reading independently from a wider reading list recommended for their research.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C including English and Maths. B is prefered in English.

Assessment

SPECIFICATION AND UNITS OF STUDY

 

AS English Literature

Component 1: Unseen poetry and drama ~ External examination

 

Overview of content

Studying the poetic form, meaning, language, style and conventions in a wide range of poetry, as well as one chosen drama from a prescribed list (either tragedy or comedy)

 

Overview of assessment

~ Written examination, lasting 2 hours

~ Open book

 

Section A

Unseen Poetry: one essay question on an unseen modern poem. Students will draw on their knowledge of poetic form, language, and conventions

 

Section B

Drama: one essay question

 

Component 2: Prose External examination

 

Overview of content

Students will study two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900

 

Overview of assessment

~ Written examination, lasting 1 hour

 

 

 

A Level English Literature

Component 1: Drama

~ Externally assessed 30% of the total qualification

 

Overview of content

Students study:

~ one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy - both texts may be selected from one or both of these categories

~ a collection of essays and critical essays related to their selected Shakespeare play. Students’ preparation is supported by Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology

~ Tragedy or Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Comedy

 

 

Overview of assessment

~ Written examination, lasting 2 hours.

~ Open book

 

Component 2: Prose

~ Externally assessed 20% of the total qualification

 

Overview of content

Students study: two prose texts from a chosen theme (see page 3–4).  At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900

 

Overview of assessment

~ Written examination, lasting 1 hour.

 

Component 3: Poetry

~ Externally assessed 30% of the total qualification

 

Overview of content

Students will: Prepare for responding to an unseen modern poem, through study of poetic form, meaning, language style study either a range of poetry from:

~ a literary period or

~ a range of poetry by a named poet from within a literary period.

 

Overview of assessment

~ Written examination, lasting 2 hours

 

Coursework

~ Internally assessed, externally moderated 20% of the total qualification

 

Overview of content

Students have a free choice of two texts to study.

Chosen texts:

~ must be different from those studied in Components 1, 2 and 3

~ must be complete texts and may be linked by theme, movement, author or period ~ may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non- fiction.

Future opportunities

WHERE CAN THE COURSE LEAD?

An ideal choice for those wishing to read English Literature at degree level or for those seeking a career in the media.  A rigorous, analytical but enjoyable course.

Further information

WHO TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION Mrs G Aston

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Willmott School (JWS) directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2014
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