Theme of the week is: you are unique
In this course, students explore genre and the way in which this acts as a framework to texts, their contexts and interpretation. You should select this course if you enjoy interpreting texts and developing a range of alternate approaches to poetry, prose and drama as part of your Literature GCSE. English Literature takes a holistic approach to exploring texts and the periods that produce them, as well as encouraging students to question their default approaches to literature.
The A Level course is structured as follows:
Unit 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hours 30 minutes examination) 40%
- Section A: Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ (passage based question)
- Section B: Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ (open essay question)
- Section C: Shakespeare’s ‘Richard II’ and Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
Unit 2: Elements of Political and Social Protest (3 hour examination) 40%
- Section A: Exploring an unseen prose, poetry or drama passage and the significance of social and political protest.
- Section B: Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’
- Section C: Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ and Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’
Unit 3: Theory and Independence (non-exam assessment) 20%
- Students produce a portfolio of two pieces of coursework that offer interpretations of a poetry text and one further choice of their own.
- They will develop this through critical perspectives and a critical anthology.
- One piece may be a recreative response to a text, accompanied by a commentary.
- This portfolio should total 3000 words.