English Literature A level at Hylands School
The exam board state that the specification has been designed to encourage students to:
- Read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves;
- Engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them;
- Develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation through writing
- GCSE subject specific grade required: Minimum grade B in English Literature and grade B in English Language.
- Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes
- Students who achieve lower than GCSE subject specific may be accepted at the teachers’ discretion
Unit 1: Elements of Tragedy—40% of A Level - Written paper—2 hrs 30 mins; closed book exam
- Section A: one passage-based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks);
- Section B: one essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks);
- Section C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
In this unit students will critically analyse at least three texts focusing on tragedy and the effects and ways in which the writer has created and engages with ‘tragedy’. Texts studied cover novels and plays both from the Literary Heritage and contemporary works as well as poetry selected from the Literary Heritage. This is a closed examination unit.
Unit 2: Elements of Crime Fiction—40% of A Level—Written Paper—3 hours; open book exam
- Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks);
- Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks);
- Section C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks).
In this unit students will critically analyse at least three texts focusing on the depiction of crimes, the ways and effects in which the writer has created and engages with ‘crime’ and the ways in which it is viewed by the reader. Texts studied cover novels both from the Literary Heritage and contemporary works as well as poetry selected from the Literary Heritage. This is a closed examination unit.
Unit 3: Theory and Independent Reading—30% of A level
In this unit candidates are encouraged to further develop research skills acquired throughout the course to synthesise knowledge and understanding acquired through their studies in an extended individual study of two literary texts that act as the basis for thematic studies. They are also introduced more formally to different forms of literary and philosophical or social theories and the ways in which they are applied to literary texts. This is a coursework unit of two essays.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hylands School directly.