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English Literature A Level at Beths Grammar School

Course description

You will study a selection of drama, poetry and prose from different eras. You will gain an understanding of the significance of the author’s life, literary movements and historical factors and how those things can affect the narrative. You will learn to evaluate texts and use critical theory to further your understanding, incorporating a range of critical interpretations into your own analysis. The coursework unit will draw on your own literary interests, requiring a significant amount of independent research and study.

Course content

A Level: Linear

Paper 1: Drama - 9ET0/01
Written Exam. 2hr 15mins. 30% of A Level.
Section A: Shakespeare – one essay question, incorporating ideas from critical reading (35 marks).
Section B: Other Drama – one essay question (25 marks).

Paper 2: Prose - 9ET0/02
Written Exam. 1 hr. 20% of A Level.
One comparative essay question from a choice of two on thematically linked novels (40 marks).

Paper 3: Poetry - 9ET0/03
Written Exam. 2hr 15 mins. 30% of A Level.
Section A: Post-2000 specified poetry: one comparative essay on named poem from Anthology and an unseen contemporary poem (30 marks).
Section B: Pre- or post-1900 poetry: one essay question (30 marks).

Coursework - 9ET0/04
Internally assessed. 20% of A Level. Externally moderated.

One extended comparative essay referring to two texts (2500-3000 words – 60 marks.)
Chosen texts must be linked by theme, movement, author or period. Texts may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.


Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beths Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 02 February 2018
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