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English Literature A level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Y13.

Unit 1: Love through the ages
Study of a variety of texts: one Shakespeare play, two prose texts and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900).

Unit 2: Texts in a shared context
For this unit students will study the literature of WW1 and its aftermath. Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000. Examination will include an unseen extract.

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment: independent critical study on texts across time (Y13 only).
Students are required to produce a 2,500 word extended critical essay on texts of their choice.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge, understanding and evaluation of one Shakespeare play and a collection of love poems.

Paper 2: Love through the ages: prose
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge, understanding and evaluation of two prose texts and an unseen extract.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Love through the ages
40%
Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of three texts: one poetry and one prose text and an unseen poem.

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
40%
Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the literature of WW1 and its aftermath.

Paper 3:Non-exam assessment essay
20%
Students produce a 2,500 word extended critical essay on texts of their choice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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