A Level English Literature Year 12 and 13
Aims and Purpose/Intent
For students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies as they:
• read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves
• engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
• develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation
• Explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them.
• Encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies.
AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.
AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.
How is the Course Assessed?
Paper 1: Love through the Ages (40% of A Level)
Section A: Shakespeare: One passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)
Section B: Unseen Poetry: Essay Question on 2 unseen poems (25 marks)
Section C: Comparing Texts: One essay question on 2 texts (25 marks)
Paper 2: Modern Times (40% of A Level)
Section A: One essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section B: One essay question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
: One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study (20% of A Level)
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which is written pre-1900. 2500 words + Bibliography (50 marks)
Texts Studied throughout course:
Paper One - Othello, The Great Gatsby, Love Poetry through the Ages
Paper Two - Feminine Gospels, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Handmaid's Tale.