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AS/A2 English Literature at Charter Academy

Course description

AS course content (Year 12)
At AS, students study six texts:
Two novels (at least one post 1990)
Two poetry texts 1800-1945
Two comedy dramas – including a Shakespeare play.
Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative
Students look at two set prose texts and two set poetry texts with at least one contemporary text written
after 1990.
Assessment of this unit is a two hour written paper.
Unit 2: Dramatic Genres
Students study two plays including at least one Shakespeare play in the comedy genre. They produce a
coursework portfolio assessed by their teacher and moderated by OCR.
A2 course content (Year 13)
Building on the skills developed at AS, at A2 students:
Broaden their understanding of genre and categorisation
Extend their independent reading
Extend their awareness of critical methods and readings.
Unit 3: Texts and Genres
Unit 3 offers the choice of Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral. Students must study three set
texts including at least one from the period 1300-1800.
Individual texts are explored and evaluated against some of the commonly accepted principles of the
chosen genre. Three or more texts are compared as representatives of that genre.
Assessment of this unit is a two hour written paper.
Unit 4 Further and Independent Reading
This unit introduces students to:
The study of a wide range of texts – including some of their own choosing
Different ways of reading texts for study, including independently
Critical ideas and how these can be applied, with discrimination, to literary texts.
Students produce a coursework folder assessed by their teacher and moderated by AQA.

Entry requirements

Entry requirement: Minimum GCSE Grade B in English Language
Preferred requirement: Minimum GCSE Grade B in English Literature

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Charter Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2014
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Key information

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

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