English Literature -- Edexcel A Level at Bishopshalt School
The aim of the course is to foster and encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of literature in a number of contexts, as well as to hone analytical skills. It is essential, therefore, that any student who wishes to commence the A level must enjoy reading and studying literature. In addition, the course also gives students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking. It is also important that they are willing to orally contribute to lessons.
The course consists of three components.
Component 1 (Drama) is a 2 hour and 15 minutes examination; you will answer one question on ‘Dr Faustus’ and one question on ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare.
Component 2 (Prose) is a 1 hour examination; one question is answered where you compare ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison via the theme of ‘The Supernatural’.
Component 3 (Poetry) is a 2 hour and 15 minute examination where two questions will be answered: one on poetry from ‘Poems of the Decade’ and one based on Christina Rossetti’s poetry.
The final part is coursework, where students will create a 2,500-3,000 word comparative essay exploring a question of their choice, comparing ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ by Khaled Hosseini with another text from a range suggested to them.
The course is the perfect foundation for a degree in Literature or a related course. In addition our students report that they find lessons enjoyable and thought provoking as well as helpful for their other subjects.
We expect students to have a minimum Grade 6 (equivalent to GCSE Grade B) in English Literature and Grade 5 in English Language, due to the demands of the A level course.
At the end of the A level course you will sit three written exams: Component 1 is worth 30%, Component 2 is 20%, Component 3 is 30% and the coursework is 20% of the overall marks.
English is a subject valued by higher education institutions and employers. It demonstrates that you have the ability to read texts, analyse and respond to them and produce coherent, critical and analytical essays, which draw on relevant parts of the texts to support your opinions. English also requires you to discuss texts in small groups or in whole class discussion, which is a valuable skill for both working life and university.
For further information, please see Mrs Shafi (Key Stage 5 Coordinator) or Mr Wood (Head of English).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishopshalt School directly.