English Literature A level at Wood Green School
The course aims to enable students to approach the reading and study of literature through the lens of genre and theory, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context, giving logic and meaning to the way that texts are grouped for study. The variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open and closed-book approaches allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research.
Grade B or above in GCSE English or English Language / English Literature and one pass at grade C or above in English Language or English Literature.
AS – 2 written examination papers. Unit 1: Literary Genres: Drama -50% This unit explores either the genre of Tragedy or Comedy. Section A is based on a Shakespeare play and Section B is based on a second drama text. It is assessed by a 1½ hour closed book examination which requires students to write analytically about the two texts. Unit 2: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry – 50% This unit continues to explore the genre of Tragedy or Comedy and considers how the genre is developed in poetry and prose. Section A is a study of poetry, and Section B is a study of a prose text. It is assessed by a 1½ hour open book examination which requires students to write analytically about the two set texts.
A Level – 2 written examination papers and 1 coursework portfolio Unit 1: Literary Genres 40% This unit explores either the genre of Tragedy or Comedy – similar to the AS course. Section A is based on a Shakespeare play and Section B is based on a second drama text. Section C requires a comparison of 2 further texts. This unit will cover texts from a range of different time periods and covers drama, poetry and prose. It is assessed by a 2½ hour, closed book examination which requires students to write analytically about the set texts in relation to the chosen genre. Unit 2: Texts and Genres 40% This unit explores either the genre of Crime Writing or Social/Protest writing. Section A requires a response to an unseen text from the chosen genre. Section B requires students to write analytically about one of the set texts and Section C requires students to make connections between 2 texts. It is assessed in a 3 hour open book examination. Unit 3: Theory and Independent 20% This coursework unit requires students to write 2 essays of 1250-1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking them to a critical theory. One of the responses may be re-creative.
English Literature combines particularly well with History and Drama. Students interested in any Higher Education courses and careers such as journalism, teaching, Media Studies and Communication will find AS or A-Level English Literature useful.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.