English Literature AS and A Level at Tapton School
At AS Level, students will focus on Literary Genres, studying Aspects of Tragedy. Four texts must be studied: one Shakespeare play, one other drama text, one prose text and one selection of poetry. All texts will be selected from a prescribed list.
At A Level, students will focus on three seperate aspects of literary study.
Component 1 is based around Literary Genres, and will require students to study either Aspects of Comedy or Tragedy. Three texts must be studied: a Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further text. One of the two further texts must have been written pre 1900. All texts will be selected from a prescribed list. This is assessed in a 2.5 hour, closed book examination.
Component 2 will introduce candidates to Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime or Political and Social Protest Writing. Again, three texts must be studied: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text. At least one of the texts must have been written pre-1900. This is a 3 hour open book examination.
Component 3, titled 'Theory and Independence', is the Non-Examination Assessment unit. Students are required to produce two pieces of work, each on a different literary text. One of the texts must be poetry and one prose. Each text must be linked to an area of Critical Theory.
Please see Course Description.
5 in English Literature and 5 in English Language.
Completion of AS to grade E or above is needed to progress to the A Level.
At AS Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations, each worth 50% of the final AS grade. Each examination lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and comprises of two distinct tasks.
At A Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations and two pieces of Non Examination Assessment. Each examination involves three seperate tasks, lasts for between 2.5 and 3 hours, and comprises 40% of the final A Level grade. The NEA is worth the remaining 20% of the final A Level mark.
As well as a degree in English, English Literature, links with a range of subjects in Higher Education, both academic and vocational: a wide range of options available with or without a degree: Law, Accountancy, Marketing, Personnel/Human Resources, Media, Banking, Local Government, Civil Service, Charities, Insurance, Retailing, The Arts - and Teaching.
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