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English Literature A Level at Caistor Grammar School

Course description

Specification A (Love through the Ages/World War I and its Aftermath)

Studying English Literature at A Level gives students an opportunity to develop an interest in, and enjoyment of, English Literature, through reading widely, critically and independently, across different periods in time, genre and gender. The course will involve the study of a selection of prose, poetry and drama from the 19th Century to the present day. Students are encouraged to read as widely as possible so that they are able to place their set texts firmly within their literary and social context. They will also need to acquaint themselves with a wide range of different critical interpretations. Theatre, residential trips and lecture visits are an integral part of the course.

Course content

The exact content of the course will be handed out to prospective students at the Open Evening but will also be available from the English Department.

Paper 1: Love through the Ages

You will study three texts: Othello, Rebecca and The Great Gatsby, together with an AQA anthology of love poetry. In the Exam: Section A – you will answer one passage-based question on Othello; Section B – a compulsory essay question based on two unseen poems; Section C – one essay question (from a choice of two) that links the AQA anthology with either ‘Rebecca’ or ‘The Great Gatsby’.

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts (World War One)

You will study three texts (one poetry: ‘Up the Line to Death’, one prose: ‘A Long Long Way’, and one drama: ‘Journey’s End’) and practise analysis of unseen prose material about World War One. In the Exam: Section A – you will answer one question from a choice of two on the poetry anthology ‘Up the line to Death’; Section B – you will answer one compulsory question on an extract of unseen literary prose; Section C – you will answer one question that compares ‘A Long Long Way’ to ‘Journey’s End’.

Coursework (Non-Examined Assessment): Texts Across Time

You will write a comparative critical study of two equally weighted texts by two different authors (one of these texts must be pre 1900). You cannot use examination texts that you studied for in Paper 1 or Paper 2 of the examination.

Entry requirements

We require that students have at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language or Literature as well as a grade 5 in the other one. Students who express an interest are advised to discuss their suitability for the course with their class teacher or the Head of English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caistor Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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