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Prince William School

English Literature

English Literature Overview:

The English Literature course offers students many different learning styles and opportunities to engage with Literature in a very wide variety of contexts, helping them to develop skills in interpretation and analysis through the reading, observation and discussion of texts. The gradual acquisition of experience, of literary and linguistic awareness through independent study, is the process which creates a strong A level candidate.

A Level Content:

Unit 1: Literary Genres - The course offers the option to study tragedy or comedy across three texts; one Shakespeare, one other drama and one further of which must be written pre-1900

Unit 2: Texts and Genres - The course offers the option to study elements of crime writing or elements of political and social protest writing across three texts; one post-2000 prose text, one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.  The exam will also include an unseen passage. 

Unit 3: Theory and Independence Includes the study of two texts, one poetry and one prose, informed by the study of the critical anthology. 

Entry Requirements:

To be considered for a place on this course you must achieve at least a Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Assessment Objectives:

AO1: Apply concepts and methods from integrated linguistic and literary study as appropriate, using associated terminology and coherent written expression

AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in texts

AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which texts are produced and received

AO4: Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic and literary concepts and methods

AO5: Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

We place strong emphasis on academic learning beyond the classroom and the prescribed specifications. We expect Sixth Form students to work independently and to take full advantage of the resources that the Library and academic departments provide. The extra-curricular life of Prince William School is varied, from theatre productions, a trip to New York and Washington (which focuses on exploring wider contexts, aspects of American literature and the socio-political aspects of literary theory) to visits from authors as well as University visits. All pupils are expected to play a full and active part in the extra-curricular life of the School.

Additionally, the school offers opportunities for students to act as learning mentors for Reading and Literacy with younger students.

Specification

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-7706-7707-SP-2015.PDF

If the decision is taken to enter students for the AS examination at the end of Y12, some minor adjustments to the formatting of exams will be required such as studying one extra drama text for Unit 1: Literary Genres.

 

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 12 English Lit

“Othello” Text Focus

Keats Poetry - Text Focus

“Othello” Exam Focus

Keats Poetry - Exam Focus

“Death of a Salesman” Text Focus

“Great Gatsby” - Text Focus

“Death of a Salesman” Exam Focus

 “Great Gatsby” Text Focus

Paper 1 and Paper 2 revision

17TH MAY AM PAPER 1 AS EXAM

22ND MAY PM PAPER 2 AS EXAM

   NEA drafting

Year 13 English Lit Non-Exam Assessment Development and Drafting

MOCKS: 26TH NOV – 30TH MARCH

PAPER 1 + MODIFIED PAPER 2

“The Handmaids Tale” Text Focus

Blake Poetry - Text Focus

COURSEWORK DEADLINE

“The Handmaids Tale” Exam Focus

Blake Poetry - Exam Focus

“The Kite Runner” Text Focus

MOCKS: 11TH MARCH – 22ND MARCH

PAPER 1 + PAPER 2

Paper 1 Exam Revision

“The Kite Runner” Exam Focus

Paper 1 and Paper 2 revision

17TH MAY AM PAPER 1 AS EXAM

22ND MAY PM PAPER 2 AS EXAM