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English Literature A2 level at Excelsior Academy

Course description

This coherent specification has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literary and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and nonexam assessment.

Course content

Paper 1: Literary genres What's assessed Choice of two options
- Option 1A: Aspects of
- tragedy
- Option 1B: Aspects of comedy
- Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text.

Paper 2: Texts and genres What's assessed Choice of two options
- Option 2A: Elements of crime writing
- Option 2B: Elements of political and social protest writing
- Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900
- Exam will include an unseen passage.

Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence What's assessed Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Literature and English Language


Paper 1
- Assessed - closed book
- 75 marks (40% of A-level)

- Assessed - open book
- 75 marks (40% of A-level)

Non-exam assessment:
- Theory and independence - Assessed
- 50 marks (20% of A-level)
Assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

This course offers experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Excelsior Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

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