Studying English Literature encourages students to develop knowledge and skills in reading, writing and critical thinking. Through literature, students develop their cultural awareness and experience a range of influential writers. The specification enables students of all abilities to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering the 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. In addition, students will develop their ability to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification Title: English Literature
Qualification Specification Code: 8702
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English Literature is a mandatory course to study at GCSE. It will also benefit your other studies at GCSE, through developing your skills of empathy and insight into a range of cultures and societies.
AO1: To be able to maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response to a text. To use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations.
AO2: To analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects.
AO3:To show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they were written.
AO4: To be able to use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
Paper 1 (40%): Shakespeare and the 19th-century novel
64 marks in total.
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on the play they have studied. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.
Section B The 19th-century novel: students will answer one question on the novel they have studied. They will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.
Paper 2 (60%): Modern texts and poetry
96 marks in total.
Section A Modern texts: students will answer one essay question from a choice of two on their studied modern prose or drama text.
Section B Poetry: students will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from the Power & Conflict anthology cluster.
Section C Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.
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This course is designed to enable students to become confident and reflective readers and is a fantastic way to fuel a passion for literature. Students learn to use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination. They are encouraged to reflect on their own responses to texts, consider interpretations by other readers and develop awareness of the contexts in which texts were written. Using detailed knowledge and understanding of individual texts, students will explore comparisons and links between them, appreciating the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers.
A variety of study methods are used, and we encourage students to be active participants. The non-examination assessment is an opportunity to follow personal interests and passions. It promotes the skills needed for independent study at University level in a supportive environment. This course requires an enjoyment of reading and the curiosity to explore beyond the set texts.
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: English Literature
Qualification Specification Code: 9ET0
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Standard Sixth Form entry requirements plus applicants wishing to study A Level English Literature must have attained at least a grade 5 in English Literature or English Language at GCSE.
A Level English Literature opens up wide and varied pathways for your future. You may choose to undertake an English Literature degree or study for careers in law, journalism, teaching, public relations, advertising, social work, the civil service, theatre, film or writing.
A level English Literature supports all careers where spoken and written communication skills are important. In addition, the subject develops critical thinking skills and the ability to craft evidence-based independent opinions and judgements. It is therefore extremely helpful for a wide range of careers, both vocational and practical. This is the most appropriate course to take for students who are considering further study of English Literature at university.
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