English Literature

What will I study?

In Year 12 and 13 you will Study the AQA English Literature A specification. AQA say of this course that:

‘English Literature A’s historicist approach to the study of literature rests upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, English Literature A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. English Literature A privileges the process of making autonomous meaning, encouraging students to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses.’

Exam

How will I study?

In Year 12 you will study the AQA, Specification A, AS Level English Literature course. This is assessed by 100% examination at the end of Year 12.

You will study for the following two exams:

Paper 1

‘Love through the ages’ - Shakespeare and poetry

  • You will study Shakespeare’s Othello and the AQA anthology of pre-1900 love poetry through the ages.
  • This is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes, closed book exam and is worth 50% of the AS level.

Paper 2

‘Love through the ages’ - prose

  • You will study two prose texts for this examination – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Atonement by Ian McEwan. The examination will include an unseen prose extract.
  • This is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes, open book exam and is worth 50% of the AS level.

In Year 13 you will complete the AQA, Specification A, A level English Literature, comprising of the following units:

  • Love through the Ages (40%): This unit will cover the Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text (of which one must have been written before 1900), and one Shakespeare play. It will be assessed by a 3 hour examination, which will include two unseen poems.
  • Texts in Shared Contexts – ‘Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the Present Day’ (40%): Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama (of which one must have been written after 2000). It will be assessed by a 2 hour 30 minute examination, which will include an unseen extract.
  • Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time (20%): This will take the form of a 2500 word essay critically comparing two texts (of which at least one must have been written before 1900).