English Literature

Specification:
AQA


The Course

The course is based on the themes of ‘Love Through the Ages’ and 'World War One and its Aftermath'.

You will study a range of novels, plays and poems on the two themes. Lessons are mainly spent in discussion of texts. You will need to make notes in lessons. In pairs or small groups, you will also make presentations on elements of texts. Lesson time will also be spent dealing with how to write successful essays. There will be some essay practice. Individual support will be provided where required, especially with coursework in Year 13. This may sometimes necessitate seeing the teacher outside lesson time.

Private study will involve reading and annotating the set texts; writing up notes; preparing presentations; writing practice essays and preparing and writing coursework.

Skills

We do not expect you to come to us with a full and complete skill set, but we need you to be
willing to work at developing your skills and experience in the areas below:

  • To read, annotate and make detailed notes on set texts.
  • To write analytically and imaginatively about their set texts, both under time pressure and over time in Year 13 (for the coursework).
  • Literacy
  • Discussion and sharing your ideas
  • Participating in theatre visits.
  • Undertaking reading beyond the limits of the set texts.

Examinations

Two exams of 3hrs and 2hrs 30 minutes respectively, both worth 40% of A Level. The exams are based on:

The study of a Shakespeare play;

  • A comparison of a novel and an anthology of poems on the theme of love;
  • A response to two unseen poems on the theme of love;
  • A study of a World War One novel;
  • A study of a World War One play;
  • A study of a World War One poetry anthology.

One coursework essay of 2,500 words (worth 20% of A Level) based on the study of two novels or plays.

Enrichment

We aim to run several theatre trips during the course; how many will depend on the availability of suitable productions. Visiting theatre groups will be invited into school, subject to the availability of suitable productions. You will have the opportunity to take part in wider reading discussion groups. You will also have the opportunity to take part in local and national writing competitions.

For further details, please contact Mr Smith, Head of English.

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.