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English Literature AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

This course has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order 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 exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject.

At AS this specification allows students to:

  • study literature within a specific genre;
  • study various texts, chosen from a set text list;
  • write about texts in a number of different ways.

At A Level this specification allows students to:

  • study texts within specific genres;
  • study texts through engagement with a range of theoretical ideas;
  • write about texts in a number of different ways.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Paper 1 - Title: Literary Genres: Drama

Choice of two options:

  • Option 1A: Aspects of Tragedy
  • Option 1B: Aspects of Comedy

Study of one Shakespeare play and one further drama text

Paper 2 - Title: Literary Genres: Prose and Poetry

Choice of two options:

  • Option 2A: Aspects of Tragedy
  • Option 2B: Aspects of Comedy

Study of one prose text and one poetry text

 

A LEVEL

 

Paper 1

Title:  Literary Genres

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

one further text of which one must be written pre-1900.#

Paper 2

Title:  Texts and Genres

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 text
  • one further text one of which must be written pre-1900.

Exam will include an unseen passage.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B in both English Language and English Literature

GCSE APS of 41

Assessment

AS LEVEL

PAPER 1

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS level

Maximum Marks available:  50 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • Section A: One passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

Section B: One essay question on a drama set text (25 marks)

PAPER 2

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 50% of AS level

Maximum Marks available:  50 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • Section A: One essay question on poetry set text (25 marks)

Section B: One essay question on prose set text (25 marks)

 

A LEVEL

PAPER 1

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A-level

Maximum Marks available:  75 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • 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)

PAPER 2

 

  • written exam: 3 hours
  • 40% of A-level

Maximum Marks available:  75 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • 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)

Non-exam assessment

Title: Theory and Independence

Study of two texts, one poetry and one prose, informed by the study of the AQA Critical Anthology which has accessible extracts on the following critical methods and ideas:

  • narrative theory
  • feminist theory
  • Marxist theory
  • eco-critical theory
  • post-colonial theory
  • literary value and the canon

Assessment: (by teacher)

  • 20% of A-level       
  • moderated by AQA

Maximum Marks available50 marks

Information regarding Assessment:

  • Two essays of 1250 -1500 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.


 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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