This course is based on an A2 coursework and examination mix studied over two years, with both the A2 coursework and examination being delivered in Y13. We have carefully selected the texts and a path through the course which we believe will most engage our students and enable them to achieve most highly.
The elements of the course are as follows.
· Love Through the Ages (Year 12—key texts: “Othello”, poetry from an anthology published by AQA, “The Great Gatsby” and a study of unseen poetry.)
· Texts in Shared Contexts: WW1 and its Aftermath (Year 13—key texts: “Regeneration”, “My Boy Jack” and “The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen” plus a study of unseen prose.)
· Independent critical Study: Texts Across Time (End of Year 12—Year 13 Easter. Core Text
“Great Expectations” or another pre-C20th text of the student’s choice, plus another text of the student’s choice for comparison.)
Love through the Ages (Paper 1, 3 hours)
Section A: A detailed analysis and essay based on an extract from “Othello”.
Section B: A comparative question based on unseen love poetry.
Section C: A comparative question based on the AQA anthology and “The Great Gatsby”.
Texts in Shared Contexts (Paper 2, 2 hours 30 minutes)
Section A: An essay question based on “Regeneration”.
Section B: A comparative question based on “My Boy Jack” and “The War Poetry of Wilfred Owen” PLUS a compulsory question on an unseen prose extract linked thematically to the study of these texts.
Coursework (20% of the marks)
Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time
Comparative critical study of two texts: “Great Expectations” (taught in class) and another text chosen by the student (and studied independently). The student produces an extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography.
5 GCSE's at grade 4 and above including grade 4 or above in GCSE English Literature.
Students must be active and independent readers of literary prose; this is an essential requirement for the coursework task and students must be used to engaging with texts at a high level.
Where can this course take me?
Law, Journalism, Teaching (both primary and secondary), Social Work, Librarian, Research, Media:
English Literature is one of the A-Levels recommended for Russell Group applicants.