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English Literature A level at John Henry Newman Catholic College

Course description

Love through the Ages

English Literature’s historicist approach to the study of literature rests upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, English Literature encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives.

Course content

Core content:

  • Love through the ages
  • Texts in shared contexts
  • Independent critical study: Texts across time

Options:

  • Option A: WW1 and its aftermath
  • Option B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.

Assessment

Core unit:

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems.

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

Section A: Shakespeare: one passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)

Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)

Section C: Comparing texts: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

 

Optional unit:

Choice of two options:

Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000. Examination will include an unseen extract.

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section B: Contextual linking

  • one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
  • one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

 

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.

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

Future opportunities

An A Level in English Literature can lead to a huge number of careers and universities are pleased to welcome students with this qualification.

Further information

There are a number of opportunities for students to attend university workshops and visits to local theatres during the course.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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