English Literature

This course has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways in order that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for exams, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English literature that provides an excellent basis for further study in the subject.


AS

Paper 1: Literary genres: drama
Choice of two options
Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 1B: Aspects of comedy
Study of one Shakespeare play and one further drama text
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (closed book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level)

Paper 2: Literary genres: prose and poetry
Choice of two options
Option 2A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 2B: Aspects of comedy
Study of one prose text and one poetry text
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (open book, 50 marks, 50% of AS level)

A2
Paper 1: Literary genres
Choice of two options
Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy
Option 1B: Aspects of comedy
Study of three texts: 
One Shakespeare text
Second drama text
one further text (must be written pre-1900)

Paper 2: Texts and genres
Choice of two options
Option 2A: Elements of crime writing
Option 2B: Elements of political and social protest writing
Study of three texts: 
One post-2000 prose text
Second poetry
one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900
(Exam will include an unseen passage)


Non-exam assessment:Theory and independence
Study of two texts: 
One poetry
one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology

Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a
different aspect of the Critical anthology
One essay can be re-creative.
The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary.


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