English Literature

Key Stage

5

Qualification

A-Level

Board

Pearson

Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020

Contact

Mrs

C

Bailey

Faculty

English

Course Content & Assessment

We are a team of twelve teachers, all of whom teach across the Key Stages. We are assisted by two specialist Teaching Assistants and work closely with the Inclusion team in supporting students with additional needs in English.

Our students have opportunities to attend conferences, workshops and performances as well as participate in National Competitions. Recent trips have included visits to The Royal Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford, a performance at Poole's Lighthouse, A level Conferences, a theatre trip to London and a residential trip the Battlefields in Belgium.

This A-Level English Literature course provides a full range of texts to study and explore, including a large proportion of modern texts. Students will learn to respond to a text with independent thought and judgement, thus developing their thinking skills and ability to articulate ideas. The course teaches critical and analytical thinking and explores wider connections across culture, history and psychology.

The course offers students the opportunity to study complex and difficult ideas and concepts, and fully develop their own responses, engaging creatively and exploring the traditions of Literature in English.

Regular theatre trips and lecture conferences on set texts are run to enhance the learning experience and stimulate unique insights into texts. 
 
 
Literature Pearson Edexcel

AS-Level
Component 1: Poetry and Drama *Paper code: 8ET0/01
• Externally assessed
• a selection of specified poetry from a post-2000 text
• one chosen drama from a prescribed list (either tragedy or comedy).

Overview of assessment
• Written examination, lasting 2 hours.
• Open book – clean copies of the texts can be taken into the examination.
• Total of 72 marks available – 24 marks for Section A and 48 marks for Section B.
• Two sections: students answer one question from a choice of two on their studied poetry collection in Section A and one question from a choice of two on their studied drama text in Section B.
• Section A – one comparative essay question on a named poem from the studied text, plus a free choice of second poem from the selected list. Students will draw on their knowledge of poetic form, language, and conventions (AO1, AO2, AO4 assessed).
• Section B – Drama: one essay question (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO5 assessed).

Poetry
Selection of specified modern poetry from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011.
(A list of all prescribed poems is provided in Appendix 4: Prescribed texts.) Drama
Select one play from either tragedy or comedy.
Tragedy
Doctor Faustus, Christopher Marlowe
The Duchess of Malfi, John Webster
The Home Place, Brian Friel
A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams
OR
Comedy
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde The Pitmen Painters, Lee Hall
The Rover, Aphra Behn
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett

Component 2: Prose
Select two prose texts from a chosen theme (see page 3). At least one of the prose texts must be pre-1900.
• Written examination, lasting 1 hour.
• Open book – clean copies of the prescribed prose texts can be taken into the examination.
• Total of 44 marks available.
• Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on their studied theme (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 assessed).

Select two prose texts (including at least one pre-1900) on a chosen theme.Childhood
Pre-1900: What Maisie Knew, Henry James; Hard Times, Charles Dickens Post-1900: Atonement, Ian McEwan; The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Colonisation and its Aftermath
Pre-1900: Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Post-1900: A Passage to India, E M Forster; The Lonely Londoners, Sam Selvon Crime and Detection
Pre-1900: Lady Audley’s Secret, Mary Elizabeth Braddon; The Moonstone, Wilkie Collins
Post-1900: In Cold Blood, Truman Capote; The Murder Room, P D James

Science and Society
Pre-1900: Frankenstein, Mary Shelley; The War of the Worlds, H G Wells Post-1900: Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro; The Handmaid’s Tale,
Margaret Atwood

The Supernatural
Pre-1900: The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde; Dracula, Bram Stoker Post-1900: The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters; Beloved, Toni Morrison

Women and Society
Pre-1900: Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë; Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Post-1900: Mrs Dalloway, Virginia Woolf; A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

A-Level
Component 1: Drama
30% of the total qualification
• one Shakespeare play and one other drama from either tragedy or comedy – both texts may be selected from one or both of these categories.
• critical essays related to their selected Shakespeare play. Students’ preparation is supported by Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Tragedy or Shakespeare: A Critical Anthology – Comedy.
Overview of assessment
• Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.
• Open book – clean copies of the drama texts can be taken into the examination. The Critical Anthology must not be taken into the examination.
• Total of 60 marks available – 35 marks for Section A and 25 marks for Section B
• Two sections: students answer one question from a choice of two on their studied text for both Section A and Section B.
• Section A – Shakespeare: one essay question, incorporating ideas from wider critical reading (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO5 assessed).
• Section B – Other Drama: one essay question (AO1, AO2, AO3 assessed).

Component 2: Prose
20% of the total qualification
• Written examination, lasting 1 hour.
• Open book – clean copies of the prose texts can be taken into the examination.
• Total of 40 marks available.
• Students answer one comparative essay question from a choice of two on their studied theme (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4 assessed).

Component 3: Poetry
30% of the total qualification
• poetic form, meaning and language
• a selection of post-2000 specified poetry and
• a specified range of poetry from: either
• a literary period (either pre- or post-1900) or
• a named poet from within a literary period.

• Written examination, lasting 2 hours and 15 minutes.
• Open book – clean copies of the poetry texts can be taken into the examination.
• Total of 60 marks available – 30 marks for Section A and 30 marks for Section B.
• Two sections: students answer one question from a choice of two, comparing an unseen poem with a named poem from their studied contemporary text and one question from a choice of two on their studied movement/poet.
• Section A – Post-2000 Specified Poetry: one comparative essay question on an unseen modern poem written post-2000 and one named poem from the studied contemporary text (AO1, AO2, AO4 assessed).
• Section B – Specified Poetry Pre- or Post-1900: one essay question (AO1, AO2, AO3 assessed).


Non-examination assessment
20% of the total qualification
Students have a free choice of two texts to study.
• must be different from those studied in Components 1, 2 and 3
• must be complete texts and may be linked by theme, movement, author or period
• may be selected from poetry, drama, prose or literary non-fiction.

Overview of assessment Students produce one assignment:
• one extended comparative essay referring to two texts (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO4, AO5 assessed)
• advisory total word count is 2500–3000 words
• total of 60 marks available.

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in both English Language and English Literature.

Studying this A-Level will lead you on to higher education courses such as Literature, Journalism, Creative Writing and joint Honours degrees, although it is a ‘facilitating subject’ for a full range of degree options.

Employers will recognise the skills gained whilst studying: analytical thinking, the capacity for independent study and critical interpretation and a high level of literacy. These skills lead to careers in journalism, editorial positions, publishing, marketing roles, administrative roles, teaching, public relations and digital copywriting.

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