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English Literature A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy

Course description

Course Content

Year 1:

Aspects of tragedy.

Paper 1 (drama):

Students will study two texts: Othello and A Streetcar Named Desire.Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.

Paper 2 (poetry and prose):

Students will study The Great Gatsby for their prose text, alongside a selection from the exam board’s poetry anthology. Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.

Year 2:

Paper 1:

Students will study a Shakespeare text which can be Othello, along with another drama text and one further text which must be written pre-1900. Assessed through a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes which is worth 40% of A level assessment.

Paper 2:

Students will follow one of two routes: elements of crime writing or elements of political and social protest writing. Within the pathway chosen by the class teachers, they will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. Texts may include Oliver Twist, Brighton Rock, The Kite Runner, Keats, and Tony Harrison. Assessment is through a written exam of 3 hours.

Course content

Course Content

Year 1:

Aspects of tragedy.

Paper 1 (drama):

Students will study two texts: Othello and A Streetcar Named Desire.Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.

Paper 2 (poetry and prose):

Students will study The Great Gatsby for their prose text, alongside a selection from the exam board’s poetry anthology. Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.

Year 2:

Paper 1:

Students will study a Shakespeare text which can be Othello, along with another drama text and one further text which must be written pre-1900. Assessed through a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes which is worth 40% of A level assessment.

Paper 2:

Students will follow one of two routes: elements of crime writing or elements of political and social protest writing. Within the pathway chosen by the class teachers, they will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. Texts may include Oliver Twist, Brighton Rock, The Kite Runner, Keats, and Tony Harrison. Assessment is through a written exam of 3 hours.

Non-exam assessment:

Students will study the exam board’s Critical Anthology and complete two pieces of coursework worth 20% of the A level qualification. The focus for their response will be feminism, Marxism, metaphor and symbolism, or beauty and value in literature.

Entry requirements

Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades in GCSE subjects, including English Language and English Literature. GCSE English Language grade 6 is preferred

Assessment

Year one assessment is via two external, written exams of one hour and thirty minutes each.

Year two assessment is via two external written exams: one lasting two hours and thirty minutes each and one of three hours. Also, two pieces of coursework of between1250 - 1500 words will be submitted

Financial information

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Future opportunities

Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication skills are important, for example business, management, media, law and education. Study of literature encourages and develops understanding of the world and empathy for the human condition.

Further information

For further information on this course, speak with a member of the English Department at school, or check the A Level specification on the AQA website:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-2745

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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