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English A Level at St Andrew's Catholic School

Course description

Year 12

Unit 1 - Shakespeare and Pre-1900 poetry

  • Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare : Students must read and understand the play, memorise quotes for a range of themes and characters, introduce contextual influences and events into analysis of text ,explore other readings of the play by scholars and theatre directors.
  • Paradise Lost books 9 and 10, by John Milton : Students must have a comprehensive understanding of these two books so that they can analyse a passage from it in the exam but also then link to the wider text. They must also be able to link to contextual influences and events for Milton.

AS English

Unit 2 - Post 1900 Drama and Prose

  • A Street Car Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams : Students must demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the play, while also again introducing other interpretations of the work, as well as the significance of contextual influences and events.
  • The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter : Students must have a comprehensive knowledge of the text, but also the genre of Gothic writing, as they compare the text to an unseen passage from the genre.

 

Year 13

Unit 1— Shakespeare and Pre-1900 Drama and Poetry

  • Measure for Measure, by William Shakespeare : Students must read and understand the play, memorise quotes for a range of themes and characters, and explore other readings of the play by scholars and theatre directors. The exam involves two questions: one on an extract, and the other on the whole-play.
  • Paradise Lost books 9 and 10, by John Milton, compared with the Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster : Students must have such a sound knowledge of both texts that they can compare them in the exam with whichever themed question comes up. For example, the question may ask them to compare the theme of morality in the two texts.

Unit 2

  • The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter Dorian Gray OR Frankenstein (depending on teaching group) : Students must have an exceptional knowledge of their studied texts for a comparison question, but also understand conventions of the Gothic genre, as they will have to analyse an unseen extract.

Unit 3: Coursework

  • Students will complete essays on: A Streetcar Named Desire (Tennessee Williams), The Not Dead (Simon Armitage), and Regeneration (Pat Barker).

Entry requirements

A in English Language or Literature

Assessment

Unit 1 Shakespeare and Pre 1900 Poetry — AS Level :

  • Written Paper. 1 hour 30 minutes. 50% of AS course. Closed text  exam.
  • Choice of two questions: answer one on Measure for Measure (Shakespeare).
  • Then, answer One question on Paradise Lost (Milton)

Unit 2 Drama and Prose Post-1900 — AS Level :

  • Written Paper. 1 hour 45 minutes. 50% of AS course. Close text exam.
  • Choice of two questions on A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams) - answer one. One question on The Bloody Chamber (Carter) and link to a displayed passage from another text.

Unit 1 Shakespeare and Pre 1900 Poetry and Drama—A Level :

  • Written Paper. 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of overall grade. Closed text exam.
  • Answer two questions Measure for Measure (Shakespeare). Then, answer a question which compares Paradise Lost (Milton) with Duchess of Malfi (Webster).

Unit 2 Comparative and contextual study—Gothic fiction—A Level :

  • Written Paper. 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of overall grade. Closed text exam.
  • First task: Answer a question on an unseen Gothic passage, using knowledge of genre.
  • Second task: Compare two Gothic texts you have read.

Unit 3—coursework—A Level :

  • Two pieces of coursework. 20% overall grade.
  • Essay One: close analysis of 4 pages of A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams).
  • Essay two: comparative exploration of The Not Dead (Armitage) and Regeneration (Barker).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 June 2016
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