English Literature AS & A Level at Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School
English Literature Advanced Level offers more than just a content based course - we offer a way of viewing literature which allows the student to reflect more generally on the influences affecting his or her daily life. In this respect, the course as taught is an excellent preparation for coping with the rigours of college/university or the demands of a work environment where sensitivity to others, the ability to think critically and analytically and an ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing) are essential components for achievement and success.
The broad aim of the course is to encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of literature, where personal and critical response is extremely important. Students will constantly be asked what they think and feel about a variety of questions, issues and problems which arise from the literature studied. Discussion will form the major part of lessons where students will be able to articulate their opinions, argue their ideas as well as being able to challenge the opinions of others, including staff. Material discussed in class will inevitably be of use in the essays which students will be expected to submit on a regular basis.
Independent reading is an essential part of the English course and students will be expected to spend much of their own time preparing for lessons by reading the set books. In addition, students will undertake to read literature of their own choice. This is especially important as literature helps to open up experience not afforded before; the more the students read, the more competent they become at handling language and the more adept they become at critical analysis. They also become enriched as students of literature.
GCSE A*- C in 5 subjects (to include Mathematics). B grades in both English/ English Language and Literature
Paper 1: Literary Genres: Drama (1 hour and 30 minutes) 50% of AS Section A: One passage-based question on a Shakespeare text Section B: One essay question on a drama set text
Paper 2: Literary Genres: Poetry and Prose (1 hour and 30 minutes) 50% of AS Section A: One essay question on poetry set text Section B: One essay question on prose set tex
Paper 1: Literary Genres (2 hours and 30 minutes) 40% of A Level Section A: One passage-based question on set Shakespeare text Section B: One essay question on set Shakespeare text Section C: One essay question linking two texts
Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hours) 40% of A Level Section A: One compulsory question on an unseen passage Section B: One essay question on set text Section C: One essay question which connects two texts
Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence 20% of A Level
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology. Two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School directly.