Students will read a Shakespeare play, a 20th century British drama, a 19th century British novel and a variety of British poetry, both seen and unseen. They will explore the writers’ use of language and structure as well as commenting on the context of the poems and the Shakespeare play. Students will also compare and contrast a variety of poetry.
Paper 1: Exam Only: AQA Exam Board
- Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet)
- The 19th century novel (A Christmas Carol)
How it's assessed
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes (64 marks - 40%)
Section A Shakespeare: students will answer one question on their play of choice. 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 their novel of choice. 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: Modern texts and poetry: An Inspector Calls and Anthology of Poetry.
How it's assessed:
Written exam: 2 hours 15 minutes (96 marks - 60%)
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 their chosen anthology cluster.
Section C: Unseen poetry: Students will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem.
Progression to Post 16
The department currently offers English Literature at Advanced Level.