English Literature AQA AS and A Level at Larkmead School
This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade
Students will study one of the following options:
- Option A: Aspects of Tragedy
- Option B: Aspects of Comedy Students study four texts: one Shakespeare play, one further drama text, one poetry text and one prose text.
This will be taught as 2 units:
Unit 1: Literary Genres: Drama
Unit 2: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry
Unit 1: Literary Genres (studied in first year) Students will study one of the following options:
- Option 1A: Aspects of Tragedy
- Option 1B: Aspects of Comedy
Students will study three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre- 1900.
Unit 2: Texts and Genres (studied in second year) Students will study one of the following options:
- Option 2A: Elements of Crime Writing
- Option 2B: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing
Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. The exam will include an unseen passage.
Unit 3: Non-exam Unit: Theory and independence (completed in second year). Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology.
You will write two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology.
One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.
How you will learn (investigations, course work etc.):
Through: presentations, independent research, group work, debates, discussions, essay writing, academic critical reading, coursework.
Skills you will need:
- A love for reading
- Independent learning and self-organisation
- Problem solving
- Reviewing and modifying
- Critical analysis
- Be prepared to debate and discuss different interpretations
- Develop the confidence to challenge assumptions
To study AS/A Levels you will normally need: A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above.
2 papers each, exam is 1 hour 30 minutes
- Paper 1 is closed book
- Paper 2 is open book
- both are worth 50 marks
- each paper amounts to 50% of AS level
- written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
- closed book
- 75 marks
- 40% of A-level
- written exam: 3 hours
- open book
- 75 marks
- 40% of A-level
Non-exam Unit: Theory and independence
- Two essays of 1250 -1500 words
- 50 marks
- 20% of A-level
- assessed by teachers
- moderated by AQA
English Literature will provide a broad basis for career paths such as: Journalism, Politics, Media, Law, Speech Therapy, Historian, Psychology, Foreign Languages, Teaching, TEFL .
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Larkmead School directly.