Key Stage 4 - GCSE
Yr 10 and Year 11 GCSE English (for examination from 2017)
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Key Stage 5 - 'A' Level
Course Type: A Level
Exam Board: AQA Specification A
By studying literature you will become expert at reading and responding to a wide variety of texts, interpreting, analysing, gathering and assessing evidence and working independently and creatively. In the world beyond school, especially at work, we are bombarded with texts; the skills that you will learn, therefore, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.
Students who have a proven ability and achieved a Grade B or higher at GCSE English Language or English Literature will obviously be at an advantage. Those who have achieved a Grade C at GCSE Level should take into consideration whether they have the aptitude to cope with the demands of the course. This is something students should discuss with their English teacher. Students must be prepared to commit to one hour of supervised reading time per week, in addition to the regular teaching time for this subject.
Paper 1: Love through the ages: Shakespeare and poetry
Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and one AQA anthology of love poetry through the ages (pre-1900 or post-1900)
• written exam: 1 hour and 30 mins • closed book • 50% of AS Level
Paper 2: Literary Genres: Prose
Study of two prose texts.
Examination will also include an unseen prose extract.
• written exam: 1 hour and 30 mins • open book
• 50% of AS level
Paper 1: Love through the ages
As AS Level but worth 40% of A-level
Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
Choice of two options: WW1 and its aftermath or Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day.
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.
Examination will include an unseen extract.
• Written exam: 2 hours and 30 mins • Open book • 40% of A-level
Non-exam assessment: Theory and independence
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.
One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography
• 20% of A-level
• Assessed by teachers
English Literature is a highly regarded A Level that can take students onto almost any course of study. It is an essential choice for students considering an English degree, but would be a good option for students considering humanities subjects, languages or law. It could lead onto many careers, the most obvious of which are law, journalism, teaching, business management and publishing.
Year Student and Parent/Carer English Revision Workshops
The English Department would like to invite parents of Year 11 students to attend a series of English Language revision sessions, along with your son / daughter. The aim of these sessions will be to familiarise you with the requirements of the English Language exam papers. We also intend to provide you with practical ideas that will help you to support him/her with revision for this important examination.
Letters will be sent in early 2017 with details.