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English Literature A level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Paper 1: – Literary Genres: Drama (Aspects of Tragedy or Comedy)
1½ hour exam. 50% of AS level. Closed book.
Section A – Shakespeare Answer one question based on Othello, King Lear, Taming of the Shrew or Twelfth Night to show your understanding of the text within its genre. Section B – Drama Answer another question on either She Stoops To Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest, Educating Rita, Richard II, Death of a Salesman or A Streetcar Named Desire.

Paper 2: – Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry (Aspects of Tragedy or Comedy)
1 Hour 30 minutes exam 50% of AS Level Open book.
Section A – Poetry Answer one question on Keats, Chaucer or on another poem from the anthology
Section B – Prose Answer one question on either Gatsby, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Emma or Small Island


Paper 1: Literary Genres
2 hours 30 minutes exam 40% of A Level. Closed book.
Section A – One passage-based question on either Othello, Lear, The Taming of The Shrew or Twelfth Night
Section B One essay-based question of the same Shakespeare text
Section C One essay question linking two texts such as: She Stoops To Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard II, Death of a Salesman, Keats’ poetry, Chaucer poetry or Anthology poetry

Paper 2: Texts and Genres
3 hours, 40% of A level, Open book.
Answer 3 questions based on either the Crime Genre or the Political Genre
Section A – Answer one question on an unseen passage
Section B – Answer one question on a set text such as: Crabbe & Browning, The Rime of The Ancient Mariner, Atonement, When will there be good news, Oliver Twist, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Brighton Rock, Harrison, Blake, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hard Times, Henry IV Part 1, A Doll’s House, Hamlet, Harvest or The Kite Runner.
Section C – Answer one question linking two of the remaining texts you have studied.

Non-exam assessment: Making Connections
20% of A Leve
Complete 2 essays of around 1300 words to be assessed by your class teacher. One should respond to a poetry text and one to a prose text. One submission can be a re-creative response.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in both English Language and English Literature or Media Studies at GCSE.

Future opportunities

English Literature is viewed as a versatile and valuable course by universities and employers. Common goals for students are Higher Education courses in English, Drama, Arts, Social Sciences, Media and Education, but many students have also found English Literature a rewarding subject to place alongside Science options.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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