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English A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

AS is taught by two teachers during the Lower Sixth Year, sharing 8 periods per week.
A2 is taught by two teachers during the Upper Sixth Year, sharing 9 periods per week.
Each pair of teachers must allocate time and resources to ensure the completion of the specification, and notify the A Level Coordinator and HOD of their proposed text choices at the end of the academic year preceding the year of study.

As indicated above in Section 5.3, teachers will adopt a variety of teaching methods to explore primary and secondary texts and develop ‘unseen’ literary skills towards final examination assessment of unseen poetry or prose.

Course content

AS Unit 1: Explorations in Prose and Poetry 60% of AS, 30% total GCE
Prose and poetry, including texts from 1800 to 1945
One prescribed selection of poetry
One prescribed core literary heritage novel, and one further novel or novella

Assessment by examination, 2 hrs 15 minutes

Section A: Unseen poetry or unseen prose, short answer response

Section B:  Poetry essay response

Section C:  Prose essay response

AS Unit 2: Explorations in Drama 40% of AS, 20% total GCE
Shakespeare and drama, including plays from 1300 to 1800
Free choice of Shakespeare and other texts

Assessment by coursework: 2500 words

Two responses: explorative study and creative critical response

A2 Unit 3: Interpretations of Prose and Poetry 60% of A2, 30% total GCE
Prose and poetry, including texts published after 1990
Three prescribed texts from a choice of six, including at least one text published after 1990 and both prose and poetry

Assessment by examination: 2 hrs 45 minutes

Section A: Unprepared prose or poetry

Section B: Analytical essay

A2 Unit 4: Reflections in literary Studies 40% of A2, 20 total GCE
Poetry, prose or drama for independent study
Free choice of texts


Assessment by coursework: 2500-3000 words

Either one extended study, or two shorter studies, or a creative response with a commentary

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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