A Level English Literature
We follow the AQA Specification B course for English Literature A Level.
The central principle of this course is that the exploration of reading processes can be an enriching and interesting way to approach a broad range of literary texts. In AS the focus is on comparing the ways in which stories are told and thereby how different realities are constructed. At A2 this is extended by looking in more detail at the way texts reproduce cultural meanings and by considering the ways in which texts can be subjected to different types of critical approach.
At AS Level students study two units:
Unit 1: Aspects of Narrative - assessed by 2 hour exam on 4 texts.
Possible texts: Prose:
'Pride and Prejudice' Jane Austen - the classic love story
'The Great Gatsby' F S Fitzgerald- the empty heart of the American Dream
'Small Island' Andrea Levy - full of warmth and humanity
'The Kite Runner' Khaled Hosseini - the power of guilt
Tennyson, Browning, Coleridge, Keats, Auden, Frost, Rossetti
Unit 2: Dramatic Genres - assessed by two pieces of coursework.
A study of an aspect of the dramatic/comic genre with regard to a Shakespeare play.
A study of an aspect of the dramatic/comic genre with regard to another play
- possibly 'Educating Rita', 'The Importance of Being Earnest' or 'The History Boys'.
At A2 Level students study two units:
Unit 3: Texts and Genres - assessed by 2 hour exam on 3/4 texts.
A choice of texts from the Gothic or the Pastoral.
Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading - assessed by two pieces of coursework.
A comparative study or an aspect of two texts.
An application of an aspect of a pre-released critical anthology to a literary text.