English at Carshalton High School for Girls
Throughout the two year course of A Level English, students will study poetry, plays, novels and literary non-fiction written in English. In the first year, students immerse themselves in the theme of Love Through the Ages, exploring Shakespeare as well as a range of poetry from the 1500s to the present day, a pair of novels and a wide selection of prose texts, tracing the development of literary conventions and the portrayal of love - in all of its forms - through time..
Throughout the two year course of A Level English, students will study poetry, plays, novels and literary non-fiction written in English. In the first year, students immerse themselves in the theme of Love Through the Ages, exploring Shakespeare as well as a range of poetry from the 1500s to the present day, one or two novels and a wide selection of prose texts, tracing the development of literary conventions and the portrayal of love - in all of its forms - through time.
In their second year students will study modern texts from 1945 to the present day. Students should expect to study about 5-6 texts in class during each year, and to complement these with their own wider reading. The success of students lies largely in their ability to read widely and perceptively: we fully expect students to immerse themselves in the world of literature, and the new independent study in the second year of the course requires students to plan and complete their own analysis of two texts, one of which must be from before 1900. This is a course for lovers of reading; students who are suitably committed can look forward to developing a wide and impressive set of analytical skills and enjoying some truly great literature.
Throughout the course students will read and think about what they read, talk about it, write essays on it, present various aspects of it to the class, go on course related trips, watch the occasional film and conduct their own research.
The minimum requirements to do this A level are 5 A* - C grades in 5 different subjects and a grade B in both English and English Literature at GCSE.
A Level – Love Through the Ages
Please note that students will be assessed on all texts below at the end of their second year as part of their A Level exam.
- One Shakespeare play will be studied. Students will be asked to complete one passage based exam question before widening to explore the play as a whole.
- A collection of poetry either pre or post 1900 set by AQA, which students will use to compare and contrast with one of their set prose texts.
- Students will also be expected to be able to compare two unseen poems.
A level – Modern Times: Texts from 1945 to the present day.
Students will study and be assessed on the following:
Paper 2: Modern Times set texts/unseen prose.
Students will study three set texts: one poetry anthology, one novel and one play. One of these texts must have been written after 2000. Students will be required to answer an essay question on one of their set texts. They will also be required to answer a second question comparing the remaining texts that they have studied. The third question on this exam requires students to analyse a piece of unseen prose from the period outlined in the course.
NEA – Independent Critical Study
Students will also be expected to complete a piece of independent work. This will be a 2500 word critical essay (worth 20%) conceived, planned and completed with minimal input from teachers. Students can only be taught one of the two texts that they will need to compare and contrast. Both must be by different authors and one of these texts must have been written before 1900. Students will need to read widely to meet the requirements of this part of the course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carshalton High School for Girls directly.