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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

Opportunity through Learning

Key Stage 5

English Literature is a very popular course at Rooks Heath and students quickly learn to make the considerable jump from GCSE to ‘A’Level.

The two year course consists of a combination of coursework and externally marked examinations, and aims to engender in students a love of literature, an appreciation of literary texts, an awareness of how structure, form and language shape meaning and the ability to explore relationships between texts. Texts covered include pre 1900 texts as well as modern texts, and a variety of genres is offered. We encourage our students to read widely around their set texts and to be aware of other readers’ views.

Whenever the opportunity arises, we visit relevant theatre or cinema productions and lessons encourage discussion, debate, role-play and student presentations.

AS English Literature

Coursework (40% of the total AS GCE mark and 20% of the total A Level GCE mark)

In their first year, students do two pieces of coursework on post 1900 literature:

Task 1 is a 1000 word close critical analysis of one poem from the selection in ‘Rapture’ by Carol Ann Duffy (15 marks)

Task 2 is a 2000 word essay on two linked texts: ‘Enduring Love’ by Ian McEwan and ‘A View from the Bridge’ by Arthur Miller (25 marks)

External Examination (60% of the total AS GCE marks and 30% of the total A Level GCE mark) (2 hours – 60 marks)

For this unit, students will study the poetry of Emily Dickinson and ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James.

A2 English Literature

Coursework (20%)

Students will be required to submit an extended essay (3000 words) in which they are required to make a comparative analysis of three texts. The texts currently being studied are: ’The Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini, the poetry of Wilfred Owen and ‘Kindertransport’ by Diane Samuels.

External Examination (30%) (2 hours)

Section A: Shakespeare: currently ‘King Lear’

Section B: Drama and Poetry pre-1800

Students will be required to write an essay that is a comparative study of one drama and one poetry text. Current texts are: ‘The White Devil’ by John Webster and ‘Paradise Lost’ Book IX by John Milton.

English Literature ‘AS/A’ Level Examination Board OCR 2012-2013.

Recommended reading list for English 'A' Level