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English Literature (A Level) at Queensbury Academy

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Course Summary

An enjoyable and inspiring course that encourages students to study a variety of texts, from Chaucer to the modern day. The focus of this course is the analysis of fictional texts, enabling students to develop their own interpretation skills as well as to contemplate and study the views of critics. There is also a creative element at AS, where students can opt to re-create or take inspiration from a text studied in class.

Course content

To succeed in this course it is preferable that you enjoy reading. Also an interest in History can be of benefit, as at times you will need to link the texts to the context, however you do not need to be an avid historian to thrive. The course consists of four units, two at AS and two at A2.




Entry requirements

To be accepted on this course students are required to have achieved at least a C grade at GCSE in English Language.


Modules to be Studied and Assessment Arrangements

At AS level you will study six texts - three in detail (one play, one prose and one drama) as well as texts for wider reading and contextual support, sought independently by students and recorded in a reading log.

AS Unit 1: Texts in Context (Written Paper: 2 hours/open book exam.) You will study one of the following topics: Victorian Literature; The Struggle for Identity in Modern Literature or World War 1 poetry. Students refer to texts in their anthologies as well as their wider reading.

AS Unit 2: Creative Study (coursework 2500 words) This is linked to World War 1 Literature.  The coursework consists of two pieces: one creative (1,000) and a comparison of two drama texts (1,500).

A2 Unit 3 : Reading for Meaning (Written Paper 2 hours / closed book exam containing unprepared passages for close study, comparison and critical commentary) This final examination paper combines the skills and learning of the whole course.  The topic for this unit is Love through the Ages.  Candidates will have the opportunity to read : the three genres of prose, poetry and drama;  Literature written by both men and women;  Literature through time (from Chaucer to the present day);  Some non-fiction.

A2 Unit 4 : Extended Essay and Shakespeare Study (coursework 3000 words) This will form an appropriate foundation for the work in unit 3.

Three texts will be studied, the first a Shakespeare play, the other two will be of any genre.  The coursework assignment with consist of one essay of 3,000 words where the Shakespeare play is being compared to two other texts.

Financial information

None - assuming that student has attended lessons, and met all departmental and course requirements

Future opportunities

A versatile qualification recognised by all universities for its rigour and relevance to the skills required in the workplace.

Further information

Exam Board - AQA

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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