AS and A Level
- Level 6 in GCSE English Literature
- Level 5 in GCSE English Language
In Year 12, you will study a range of texts centred around the theme of ‘Love Through The Ages’, including:
- An anthology of pre-1900 poetry
- Wuthering Heights
- The Great Gatsby
In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, as well as studying an additional collection of texts of the modern age (1945 to present day) including:
- A Streetcar Named Desire
- Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
- The Color Purple
- Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry collection “The Feminine Gospels”
You will also develop skills to be able to respond to both unseen prose extracts and poetry, across AS and A level.
In addition to the examined components, you will also undertake a non-examined component. This unit provides a great deal of freedom in terms of which texts you select and around which central theme you will build a comparative response.
How will the course be assessed?
At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in English Literature. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.
- Exam: Love Through The Ages; Shakespeare and Poetry – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
- Exam: Love Through The Ages; Prose – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in English Literature. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.
- Exam: Love Through The Ages – 3 hours – 40% of A level
- Exam: Texts In Context – 2 hours – 40% of A level
- Coursework: Independent Critical Study; Texts Across Time– 20% of A level
Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.