Entry requirementsYou should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English Language and English Literature at grade B (grade 6) or above.
What will I study?This is a thought-provoking course that enables you to read, discuss, analyse and write about a range of literature.
Paper 1: Literary Genres: Tragedy or ComedySection A: One passage-based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)
Section B: One essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)
Section C: One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
(Possible texts: Shakespeare’s Othello, Lear, The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire, Hardy’s poetry, Keats’ poetry, Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest , Austen’s Emma, Betjeman’s poetry, Chaucer’s The Nun’s Priest’s Tale)
Paper 2: Texts and Genres: Crime Writing or Social ProtestSection A: One compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)
Section B: One essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section C: One essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)
(Possible texts: Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Greene’s Brighton Rock, Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Tony Harrison’s Selected Poems)
Non-exam Assessment: Theory and IndependenceTwo essays of 1,250-1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology which includes: narrative theory, Feminist theory, Marxist theory, eco-critical theory, post-colonial theory, literary value and the canon.
Good course combinationsThis course combines well with most other A Levels.
How will I be assessed?Paper 1 – 2 hours 30 minutes written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 75 marks, closed book.
Paper 2 – 3 hours written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 75 marks, open book.
Non-exam Assessment - 1,250-1,500 words for each essay
20 per cent of A Level, 50 marks.