A-Level English Literature at Birmingham Ormiston Academy
The English Literature course encourages students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts.
Component 1: Love Through the Ages
Written Exam, 3 hours Open book for section C only – 40% of A Level
Students explore aspects of a literary theme (Love through the Ages) as seen over time. 3 sections:
- Section A: One passage-based question on a Shakespeare play (25 marks)
- Section B: Compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)
- Section C: One essay question (from a choice of two) linking one poetry and one prose text (25 marks).
Component 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
Written Exam, 2 hours, 30 minutes. Open book – 40% of A Level
Students explore aspects of literature connected through a clearly-defined period of time. Two study options: WW1 and its AftermathOR Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to Present Day. Two sections for each option:
- Section A: one essay question on set text (25 marks)
- Section B: one compulsory question on an unseen extract of literary prose (25 marks)AND one essay question linking two texts (25 marks).
Component 3: Independent Critical Study
Coursework, 2,500 words – 20% of A Level
- Students write a comparative critical study of two texts.
- Word count: 2500 words.
- In addition, an appropriate academic bibliography must be included.
- One text must have been written before 1900, and two different authors must be studied.
- Equal attention should be paid to each text.
Possible Texts for Study:
Measure for Measure
The Handmaid’s Tale
The Great Gatsby
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birmingham Ormiston Academy directly.