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English Literature A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

The English Department offers the AQA Specification course in English Literature. Studying for this specification encourages students to develop interest in and enjoyment of English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently across centuries, genre and gender, and through experience of an extensive range of views about texts and how to read them.

Course content

AS COURSE
 
Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry
 
Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages (Pre-1900 or Post-1900)
 
Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose
 
Study of two prose texts. Examination will include an unseen prose extract.
 
A LEVEL COURSE
 
Paper 1: Love through the Ages
 
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play exam will include two unseen poems.
 
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
 
Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath.
 
Coursework: Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time.
 
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. One extended essay (2500 words) and bibliography.

 

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Assessment

AS COURSE

Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Closed book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS Level
 
Questions: Section A: Shakespeare: ‘The Winter’s Tale’. One passage-based question (25 marks).Section B: Poetry: One question on printed poem (from pre -1900 Anthology) (25 marks)
 
Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose
 
Assessed:
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Open book
  • 50 marks50% of AS Level
Questions Section A: Unseen Prose: One compulsory question on unseen prose extract (25 marks) Section B:Comparing Prose Texts: ‘The Great Gatsby’ + ‘Tess of the ’Urbervilles’.One comparative question on two prose texts (25 marks)
 
A LEVEL COURSE
 
Paper 1: Love through the Ages
 
Assessed:
  • Written exam: 3 hours 
  • Open book in Section C only
  • 75 marks 40% of A Level
 
Questions Section A: Shakespeare: ‘The Winter’s Tale’. 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)
 
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
 
Assessed:
  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A Level
 
Questions Section A: Set texts: ‘Birdsong’, ‘My Boy Jack’, WW1 Poetry 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)
 
Coursework: Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time.

Assessed:

  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A Level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Students of English Literature have a wide range of occupations open to them. It is a highly respected academic qualification that involves skills necessary for broadcasting, publishing, teaching and law to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

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

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