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English Literature A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 Explorations in Prose and Poetry
Written examination – 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level
2 Explorations in Drama
Coursework – 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level
Unit 1
Students are required to take into the examination only clean copies of the
texts studied. There are three sections to the examination:
Section A: Unseen Poetry
Short questions will require students to comment on the use of key features in
either poetry or prose. (20 marks)
Section B: Poetry
Students respond to one of two essay questions on the chosen topic. In their
response, students will compare and contrast the poems they have studied.
One question, from a choice of two, on one selection of poems. (40 marks)
Text: The Rattle Bag, ed. Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes on the theme of Land
Section C: Prose
Students respond to one of two essay questions on the chosen topic area.
Students will respond to a question, focusing on their core text to establish
their argument and referring to their second text in order to develop their line
of argument. (40 marks)
Texts: Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte (core novel), Wide Sargasso Sea - Jean
Unit 2
Tasks allow students to produce informed, analytical responses which consider
playwrights’ crafting of the text(s), the ways texts can be compared and the
students’ own and others’ critical response in a creative treatment. Independent
research must be undertaken as references to texts, sources and quotations
must be provided. (80 marks)
Texts: Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare, The Duchess of Malfi - John

3 Interpretations of Prose and Poetry
Written examination - 60% of A2, 30% of A-Level
4 Reflections in Literary Studies
Coursework – 40% of A2, 20% of A-Level
Unit 3
Section A: Unseen Poetry
Students will answer on one unprepared poem presented in the paper. In their
response students will explore, through close reference, the writer’s choice of
structure, form and language when shaping meaning. (40 marks)
Section B: Paired Texts
Students will be presented with a reader’s comment. Students will write about
their response to their texts in the light of this comment, referring to at least
two of the texts they have studied. (60 marks)
Texts: Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy, The Great Gatsby - F Scott
Fitzgerald, Rapture - Carol Ann Duffy (core text)
Unit 4
Students will produce a coursework folder that demonstrates that the four
assessment objectives have been fully met. Tasks enable students to make
informed analytical responses, showing critical awareness of the connections
and comparisons between texts. The coursework folder will consist of one
extended study referring to all texts studied in this unit. Two of the following
texts will be studied. (80 marks)
Texts: Talking Heads - Alan Bennett, The Outsider - Albert Camus,
Enduring Love - Ian McEwan, The Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger, The
Caretaker - Harold Pinter

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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