Students opting to study English will follow the AQA English Literature course, with all components involving integrated literary study. There are two examinations plus a Personal Investigation at the end of the 2 year course.
Component 1 (externally marked assessment):
Students will be required to answer three examined, essay style questions. All questions will be linked to the theme of 'Love Through the Ages' which links all the texts studied. The first question will focus on an extract from the Shakespeare play. The second question will ask students to respond analytically to an unseen poetry text, making comments on how the writer creates meaning in the text. The third question will require students to write comparatively about a text from the anthology of poetry and a prose text.
Component 2 (externally marked assessment):
Students will be required to answer three examined, essay style questions. The first question will ask students to respond critically to one set text. The second question requires students to write analytically about an unseen prose extract. The third question will ask students to make comparative, coherent links between two prose texts, analysing a common theme or idea across both texts.
Component 3 (non-examined assessment):
Students will be required to undertake a comparative critical study of two texts. This will be independently prepared and written during the course. Students will have the freedom to choose their question, but this must be pre-approved by the tutor.
Students will have access to all text resources and materials. A pre-reading list will be available for students to prepare themselves for the course ahead. A list of study aids will also be provided.
Students focusing on qualifications featuring English and English Literature may choose to follow a number of career paths. Those with degrees in English and/or English Literature find opportunities with many different employers, notably publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, teaching, the media and journalism. The retail, leisure and tourism industries, as well as local/national government agencies and the legal profession, typically recruit graduates who have degrees in this subject area.
Students will require a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature to access this A Level course.