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English Literature A Level at Harris Academy Peckham

Course description

The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Literature is a new course from September 2015. It consists of three externally examined papers and one coursework component. The qualification requires the study of eight literary texts plus unseen poetry and has four components assessed through external examinations and coursework. Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year.

Course content

Component 1: Drama

Students will study aspects of the form of drama via two plays. The central focus of the drama study is the literary text. Students will need to explore the use of literary and dramatic devices and the shaping of meanings in their chosen plays. Students study a tragedy or comedy drama by Shakespeare and another tragedy or comedy drama.

Students’ study of Shakespeare will be enhanced by engagement with critical writing. Teaching of this is supported by a critical anthology of writings.

Overview of content

Students study:

  • one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy – both texts may be selected from one or both of these categories.
  • critical essays related to their selected Shakespeare play. Students’ preparation is supported by Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Tragedy or Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Comedy.

How it is assessed

30% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed - May/June
  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Open book – clean copies of the drama texts can be taken into the examination.

Component 2: Prose

Students will study aspects of prose via two thematically linked texts, at least one of which must be pre-1900. Literary study of both texts selected for this component will incorporate the links and connections between them, and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Overview of content

Students study:

  • two prose texts from a chosen theme. At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900.
How it is assessed

20% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed - May/June
  • Written examination, lasting 1 hour.
  • Open book – clean copies of the prose texts can be taken into the examination.
  • Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on their studied theme.

Component 3: Poetry

Students will study a selection of poems from two published poetry texts.

They will consider the concerns and choices of modern-day poets in a selection of contemporary poems. Students will apply their knowledge of poetic form, content and meaning, and develop their skills in comparing an unseen poem with an example of studied poetry.

Students will also develop depth of knowledge about poetic style by studying a selection from the work of a single named poet, or a selection from within a literary period or movement. Literary study of the chosen set poems will be enhanced by study of the contexts in which they were written and received.

Overview of content

Students study:

  • poetic form, meaning and language
  • a selection of post-2000 specified poetry

and

  • a specified range of poetry from:

either

  • a literary period (either pre- or post-1900)

or

  • a named poet from within a literary period.

How it is assessed

30% of the total qualification

  • Externally assessed - May/June
  • Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Open book – clean copies of the poetry texts can be taken into the examination.
  • Two sections: students answer one question from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem with a named poem from their studied contemporary text and one question from a choice of two on their studied movement/poet.

Coursework

Coursework will be assessed via two texts. There are no prescribed texts but the content will be drawn from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction. Students must select different texts from those studied in Components 1, 2 and 3.

The selected texts may be linked by theme, movement, author or period. Literary study of both texts will be enhanced by study of the links and connections between them, different interpretations and the contexts in which they were written and received.

Overview of content

Students have a free choice of two texts to study.

Chosen texts:

  • must be different from those studied in Components 1, 2 and 3
  • must be complete texts and may be linked by theme, movement, author or period
  • may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.

How it is assessed

20% of the total qualification

  • Internally assessed, externally moderated

Students produce one assignment:

  • one extended comparative essay referring to two texts
  • Advisory total word count is 2500–3000 words.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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