English Literature A Level AQA/OCR at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe
In Year 1, students will study two drama texts and a prose text, alongside a selection from the exam board's Poetry Anthology. In Year 2, students will develop their understanding of the content taught in Year 1 in greater breadth and depth. They will study a Shakespeare text, along with another drama text and one further text which must be written pre-1900. In addition, students will complete a genre study. Within the pathway chosen by the class teachers, they will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. Students will also complete a unit of course work worth 20% of the full A Level.
Aspects of tragedy.
Paper 1 (drama):
Students will study two texts: Othello and A Streetcar Named Desire. Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.
Paper 2 (poetry and prose):
Students will study The Great Gatsby for their prose text, alongside a selection from the exam board’s poetry anthology. Assessment will be through a written exam of 1 hr 30 minutes and is worth 50% of the AS level qualification.
Students will study a Shakespeare text which can be Othello, along with another drama text and one further text which must be written pre-1900. Assessed through a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes which is worth 40% of A level assessment.
Students will follow one of two routes: elements of crime writing or elements of political and social protest writing. Within the pathway chosen by the class teachers, they will study three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. Texts may include Oliver Twist, Brighton Rock, The Kite Runner, Keats, and Tony Harrison. Assessment is through a written exam of 3 hours.
Students will study the exam board’s Critical Anthology and complete two pieces of coursework worth 20% of the A level qualification. The focus for their response will be feminism, Marxism, metaphor and symbolism, or beauty and value in literature.
Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5x 9-4 at GCSE subjects, 6 preferred in English.
Year one assessment is via two external, written exams of one hour and thirty minutes each.
Year two assessment is via two external written exams: one lasting two hours and thirty minutes each and one of three hours. Also, two pieces of coursework of between1250 - 1500 words will be submitted
Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication skills are important, for example business, management, media, law and education. Study of literature encourages and develops understanding of the world and empathy for the human condition.
For further information on this course, speak with a member of the English Department at school, or check the A Level specification on the AQA or OCR website.
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