A Level English Literature

Course Content

Pre-1900 poetry: John Donne and metaphysical poetry

Post-1900 poetry: Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Larkin

Drama: Shakespeare’s The Tempest in text and in film and the issues of colonisation/gender/supernatural

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

Unseen Poetry: a range of poems of different periods and forms and the way poets use language to shape meaning.

How will students be assessed?

Component 1: Poetry: two hour written examination. 30% of qualification

Section A: Poetry pre-1900 (open-book, clean copy). One two-art question based on the reading of one pre-1900 poetry text from prescribed list.

Section B: Poetry post-1900 (open-book, clean copy). One question from choice of two based on the reading of two post-1900 poetry text from prescribed list.

 

Component 2: Drama: two hour written examination. 30% of qualification

Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book). One two-part question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play from prescribed list.

Section B: Drama (closed-book). One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays: one pre-1099 and one post-1900, from a prescribed list. 

 

Component 3: Unseen texts: two hour written examination. 20% of qualification

Section A: Unseen prose. One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose, taken from one of two prescribed periods for study.

Section B: Unseen poetry. One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract.

 

Componant 4: Prose Study: Non-exam component - One 2500-3500 word assignment base don the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post-200, nominated by the centre. 20% of qualification

Assessment Objectives

AO1 – Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expressions

AO2 – Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary

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