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A Level English Literature at St Mary's RC High School

Course description

The specification for English Literature aims to encourage students to develop as informed, independent
readers and critics of literary texts. This will be achieved through a course of wide and close reading.
At AS students will study six texts (two of each genre) looking at the conventions of Comedy within
drama (unit 2) and Aspects of Narrative (Unit 1).
At A2 the specification synthesises the skills and learning of the whole course. Unit 3 teaches candidates
to develop ideas on the significance of genre. Texts are grouped within the categories: Elements of the
Gothic and Elements of the Pastoral. In Unit 4, candidates study a wide range of texts, the different ways
of reading texts and critical ideas applied with discrimination to literary texts.
There are four units provided
AS consists of the study of the dramatic genre of comedy and aspects of narrative within poetry and
prose.
A written paper for aspects of narrative, one question linking wider reading to a given extract,
and one on a set poetry text, both within a given area of study. Each question will require
candidates to comment in detail on the narrative method of an extract and relate this extract
to wider concerns within the text as a whole.
Assessment will be by the production of a coursework portfolio of two pieces of work. The
coursework portfolio will consist of:
o A study of an aspect of the dramatic/comic genre with regard to a Shakespeare
play. This piece should be 1200-1500 words.
o A study of an aspect of the dramatic/comic genre with regard to at least one other
play. This piece should be 1200-1500 words.
A2 is centred around further and independent reading.
A closed-book written exam, assessing knowledge and understanding of three set texts. There
will be one compulsory question on each set text, and then one question (from a choice of
three) that will require candidates to compare the three texts.
The coursework portfolio will consist of:
o A comparative study of an aspect of two texts of the candidate’s choice. This piece
should be 1500-2000 words.
o The application of critical ideas taken from the pre-released anthology to a text or
texts of the candidate’s own choice. This piece should be 1200-1500 words.

Entry requirements

Grades B or above in both English Language and English Literature at GCSE are prerequisites for this course. Students should want to develop a real interest in literature and the capacity for wide, independent reading.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.

Last updated date: 17 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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