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English Literature A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

Throughout history, the great obsessions of humankind have been explored in the form of literature. Issues of love, death and the meaning of life are ingrained in the very fabric of the novels, poems and plays featured on the English Literature course.

You will study texts representing a range of periods, from the middle ages to the present day, and learn the value of a variety of critical and analytical approaches. Discussion is central to the course, as is the development of distinctive and thoughtful personal responses to texts.

You will explore a variety of writers such as Shakespeare, Marlowe, Christina Rossetti, Khaled Hosseini, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Angela Carter. We look at a range of texts to develop critical and empathetic readers.

You must bring a willingness to debate ideas, both your own and those of others, together with an enthusiasm for language and creativity in every form. Hopefully, you will never look at a novel, poem or play in the same way again.

Course content

The examination is on three of the texts previously studied at AS level: the Shakespeare play, the twentieth century novel and the
anthology of pre-1900 love poetry through the ages. There is also assessment of response to unseen poetry.
The examination will be closed book (no texts permitted in the examination), except for Section C (open book)
The paper has three sections:
Section A Shakespeare - a passage based question with linked essay (25 marks)
Section B Unseen Poetry - one compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)

Section C Comparing texts - one essay question linking the novel and the poetry (25 marks)

Independent Critical Study (Non Exam Assessment - coursework)

Total word count - 2500 words

50 marks

20% of A level

Assessed by teachers

Moderated by AQA examination board

A comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written before 1900. An extended essay with a bibliography



PAPER 1 -  Love Through The Ages - Written examination 3 hours

75 marks (40% of A level)

PAPER 2 - Texts in Shared Contexts - Written examination 3 hours 75 marks (40% of A level)



How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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