EXAM BOARD: AQA – COURSE CODE: 7711
A love of reading, above average communication skills, both oral and written, and a keen interest in how language works, are the most important prerequisites in taking up 'A' Level English Literature. Grades 9 - 6 in BOTHEnglish and in English Literature are essential.
RELATIONSHIP TO GCSE
The skills and knowledge acquired in studying Literature at GCSE will form the basis of the course and students who bring to the course a critical awareness of how the three genres of Poetry, Prose and Drama operate will most easily make the transition from GCSE to 'A' level.
OVERVIEW OF COURSE
Paper 1: Love through the Ages (40%) - Study of three texts (One poetry text, One prose text, One Shakespeare play. Of the poetry and prose text, one must be written pre-1900).
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts
Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath (40%) - Study of 3 texts (One prose, One poetry, One drama. Of these texts, one must be written post-2000)
Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts across Time (20%). Assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA
The department has a varied stock of texts and full use is made of the school library, students are expected to purchase their own personal copies of the texts, which tend to become very important 'personal' belongings by the time they have been fulsomely annotated!
Frequent visits to the theatre are encouraged and conferences on the set texts, where available, are organised for students. We make good use of video and audio recordings to enrich the experiences of reading and discussion.
An English 'A' Level is highly-regarded everywhere and provides a good platform for careers in any field involving communications, public relations, management, education and the public services. It is also the cornerstone of many applications to Universities and Colleges of Higher Education: it is an excellent complement to Mathematics, or companion to History, Geography, Religious Education, the Arts or Modern Languages.
In recent years, many students have moved on from St Joan of Arc to read English and combinations including English at University.
Being able to select information to support your case and to piece these ideas together in a coherent piece of writing
Develop the ability to understand others and express yourself for maximum effect in all situations
Present your thoughts clearly, authoritatively and concisely
Broaden your vocabulary, appreciate the effective use of English by others and to gather and consolidate ideas from a variety of sources
Higher thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation
Articulate your ideas in a logical and clear way