A-Level English Literature

What will I be learning? 

Paper 1 Love through the ages
75 marks 3 hour exam 40% 
Section A: Shakespeare - Extract Based (‘Othello’)
Section B: Unseen Poetry
Section C: Comparing texts: poetry and prose comparison 
(‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles)

Paper 2 Modern times 1945 to the present day
Open book  75 Marks 2 hours 30 minutes 40%1
Section A: Set Text (‘A Street Car Named Desire’)
Section B: Unseen extract 
Question 1:  1 question on unseen text
Question 2: 2 Comparison Poetry and Prose (‘Skirrid Hill’ and ‘The God of Small Things’ OR ‘The Colour Purple’ and the ‘Feminine Gospels’)

NEA Independent critical study
2500 words 50 marks 20%
Extended essay based on a topic and texts of your choice.
2 texts (1 written pre 1900)

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment will be taking place during lessons and in form of homework. Majority of it will be essays. You will sit mock examinations at the end of year 12 and twice in year 13. 1 piece of NEA will be produced with the support of your teachers. 

Independent study opportunities

There is a wealth of resources helping students with their independent study. You should read widely about literature and visit our library as well as use our subscription to eMagazine will help with that. You will also be given an extended reading and resource list that you can use during your independent study times. 

What resources do I need? 

You will need 3 folders which we would encourage you to organise well from the very moment you start the course. And your teacher will introduce you to a range of critical analytical materials and other texts and extracts.

What careers could this lead on to? 

Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Law, Internal communications, Sales, Editorial, Journalism, Media organisations, Teaching.

What grades do I need for this course? 

An Average Point Score of a 4 is needed. You will need at least a 5 in English Language and English Literature to have the best background for the demands of this subject