The new specification for A Level approaches the study of literature with a focus on genre and theory, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context, and giving logic and meaning to the way that texts are grouped for study. The texts inter-connect, influence and illuminate each other, encouraging independent study. A unifying approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of wider reading, thus extending your experience and appreciation of literature. Offering clear progression from GCSE, this course allows you to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for your next steps. The specification gives you the independence and freedom to explore a variety of texts through a variety of genres. Assessment styles, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open and closed-book approaches, allows you to develop skills in reading critically, analysing, evaluating and undertaking independent research, all of which are valuable for both further study and future employment. The English Literature A Level course will open up the world of classic and contemporary literature - it encompasses so much more than purely reading novels, such as human psychology, history, sociology, citizenship and the arts, thus complementing any future studies in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Law faculties at university.
Subject Content: • Love through the ages • Texts in shared contexts • Non-examination assessment Critical Study: Texts across time
Paper 1 - Love through the ages (written examination: 3 hours • 40% of A Level)
Paper 2 - Texts in shared contexts (written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes • 40% of A Level)
Non examination assessment: Independent critical study: Texts across time (an extended essay of 2500 words • 20% of A Level)
Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Literature and a grade 5 in GCSE English Language. A submission of a portfolio of work may be required.