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English Literature A level at Central Lancaster High School

Course description

The English Literature course covers a multitude of genres across centuries, ensuring students are exposed to a variety of canonical literature, in hope of enhancing their love of the subject. Students should find their studies to be challenging and thought provoking, with many conventional viewpoints open to different interpretations. Year 13 offers students the unique opportunity to explore prose texts of their choice, an ideal foundation for undergraduate studies.

Entry requirements

Normal entry expectation for level 3 courses is 5 GCSE A* to C grades.

Assessment

AS level

Component 1: Prose:  2 hours, 50% of the qualification

  • Section A: Jane Eyre. One question from a choice of two. Closed book.
  • Section B: Wide Sargasso Sea. One question from a choice of two. Closed book.

Component 2: Poetry and Drama:  2 hours, 50% of the qualification

  • Section A: Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time. One question from a choice of two. Open book.
  • Section B: A Streetcar Named Desire. One question from a choice of two. Closed book.

Your AS Level is a separate qualification and does not count towards your overall A Level grade.

 

A level

Component 1: Poetry:  2 hours, 30% of the qualification

  • Section A: One two part question based on the reading of John Donne. Open book.
  • Section B: Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time and Philip Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings. One question from a choice of two. Open book.

Component 2: Drama;  2 hours, 30% of the qualification

  • Section A: Shakespeare. One two-part question. Closed book.
  • Section B: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Duchess of Malfi. One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays.

Component 3: Unseen Texts: 2 hours, 20% of the qualification

  • Section A: Unseen Prose. One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose taken from one of two prescribed periods of study.
  • Section B: Unseen Poetry. One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract.

Component 4: Prose Study

  • One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post-2000, nominated by the centre.

Financial information

Students will be required to purchase set novels and these will be available from their English teacher.

Further information

At Central Lancaster High School, the English Department offer a wealth of extra-curricular activities:

  • Trips to see performances of texts studied
  • English Clubs set up and run by our Sixth Form English Mentors
  • Poetry by Heart competition for our Sixth Form students
  • Literacy week: a week full of activities and fun, exploring the importance of Literacy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Central Lancaster High School directly.

Last updated date: 02 December 2016
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