Key Stage 5

English Literature – AS Level

All students follow the AQA Literature B course; we currently offer them the option of completing the AS level in year 12 or to continue the course to full as an A level, completing in year 13.

This exam board state that the specification has been designed to encourage students to:

  • Read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves.
  • Engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.
  • Develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation through writing.

Elements of Tragedy

In this unit students will critically analyse at least three texts focusing on tragedy and the effects and ways in which the writer has created and engages with ‘tragedy’. Texts studied cover novels and plays both from the Literary Heritage and contemporary works as well as poetry selected from the Literary Heritage.  This is a closed examination unit.

Elements of Crime Fiction

In this unit students will critically analyse at least three texts focusing on the depiction of crimes, the ways and effects in which the writer has created and engages with ‘crime’ and the ways in which it is viewed by the reader. Texts studied cover novels both from the Literary Heritage and contemporary works as well as poetry selected from the Literary Heritage.  This is a closed examination unit.

Theory and Independent Reading

In this unit candidates are encouraged to further develop research skills acquired throughout the course to synthesise knowledge and understanding acquired through their studies in an extended individual study of two literary texts that act as the basis for a comparative and thematic study.  They are also introduced more formally to different forms of literary and philosophical or social theories and the ways in which they are applied to literary texts.  This is a coursework unit of two essays.

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