THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

Learning Together For The Future

Key Stage 5

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Mrs G Beddow

Course Overview

English Literature has changed. There will be two exams at AS, one on a Shakespeare play and on a selection of poetry written before 1900, and the other on a novel and a play written after 1900. At A Level there will be a coursework module based on three texts and two exams. The exams will return to some of the texts studied at AS but students will be asked to compare these with other texts studied at A Level

At AS we will be studying Shakespeare: The Tempest; John Milton: Paradise Lost Books 9 and 10; Tenessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire; F Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby

At A Level we will be studying Shakespeare: The Tempest; John Milton: Paradise Lost Books 9 and 10 with John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi; George Orwell: 1984 with Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale (in the context of other dystopian texts such as A Clockwork Orange, Brave New World, Children of Men, The Road).

There will be three texts for the coursework module, one of which will be A Streetcar Named Desire, The Road by Cormac McCarthy and Wilfred Owen poetry.

Entry Requirements:

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang and Lit Grade 5

Where can English Literature take me?

English Literature is a good route to a wide range of HE courses as the skills in essay writing and analysis which we teach will be required in most subjects. Many graduates go on to work in Law, Marketing, Communication, Publishing, Journalism, Recruitment, Advertising, Media or Teaching.

Assessment

AS LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1
Paper 2
1 hour 30 minute exam
1 hour 45 minute exam
50%
50%
A LEVEL ASSESSMENT % of course
Paper 1
Paper 2
Coursework
2 hour 30 minute exam
2 hour 30 minute exam
non exam assessed
40%
40%
20%