English Literature

English Literature

Examining Board AQA

It sits exceptionally well with other “arts” subjects like History and Modern Languages; complements creative subjects like  Drama, Art and Music and  also offers a valuable balance and contrast for scientists.
There are four units to complete over two years providing students with an opportunity to read widely, write creatively and to study a particular period in depth. It also allows the study of more contemporary texts whilst developing skills of analysis and criticism.

Specification
English Literature A-Level is a 2 year course which is examined in Year 13. Teaching is spread over 2 years.

Paper 1: Love through the ages
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems.

This is assessed in a 3 hour written exam (‘open book’ in Section C only). Worth 75 marks and 40 % of the A Level.

Questions - Section A: Shakespeare: one passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)
Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)
Section C: Comparing texts: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts
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. This is assessed in a 2½ hour exam, which is ‘open book’. Worth 75 marks and 40% of the A Level.

Questions - Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section B: Contextual linking
•one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
• one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time
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.

This is internally assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA. Worth 50 marks and 20% of the A Level.

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