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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

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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 lectures on the set texts.  Lessons encourage discussion, debate, role-play and student presentations.

AS ENGLISH LITERATURE (For those not continuing with this A Level into Year 13)

AS English Literature is organised into two different components:

Component 1: HO72/01 Shakespeare and Poetry Pre 1900 (60 marks – 50% of total)

  • Twelfth Night’ – by William Shakespeare - Students will be required to answer one essay question from a choice of two.
  • The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale,’ by Geoffrey Chaucer – There will be one extract based question printed on the paper. Close analysis is needed of language, imagery and verse-form. The extract must be linked to the whole text.

Component 2: HO72/02 Drama and Prose Post 1900 (60 marks – 50% of total)

  • The History Boys,’ by Alan Bennett – Students must answer one essay question from a choice of two.
  • Nineteen Eighty Four,’ by George Orwell – Students must answer one question, making connections with an unseen prose extract printed on the paper, from the same topic area of Dystopia.

A LEVEL (A2) ENGLISH LITERATURE

A Level English Literature is organised into three different components:

Component 1: H472/01 – Drama and Poetry Pre–1900 (40% of total A Level)

  • ‘Twelfth Night,’ by William Shakespeare – Students will be required to do a close textual analysis of an extract from the play which will be printed on the paper. Close analysis is needed of language, form, structure and dramatic effects.
  • ‘Twelfth Night’ – by William Shakespeare – Students will be required to write an extended response rather than an essay.
  • ‘The Merchant’s Prologue and Tale,’ by Geoffrey Chaucer, and ‘The Duchess of Malfi,’ by John WebsterStudents will be required to make thematic comparisons and contextual connections between the two texts from a choice of six generic questions.

Component 02: H472/02 – (40% of total A Level)

  • Students will be required to do a close reading of an unseen passage on the theme of Dystopia
  • Nineteen Eighty Four,’ by George Orwell, and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ by Margaret Attwood – Students will be required to do a comparative and contextual study on the topic area of Dystopia. They will be required to explore contrasts, connections and comparisons between texts and will choose one question out of two.

Component 03: H071 Coursework – (20% of total A Level)

Literature Post-1900 War through Time

Students will be required to do two pieces of coursework:

Task 1 – Close Reading – Students will be required to write a close critical analysis of one poem from a selection of the poetry of Wilfred Owen (1000 words)

Task 2 – Comparative Essay – Students will be required to make a comparative study of one drama and one poetry text. The texts currently studied are: ‘Kindertransport,’ by Diane Samuels, with ‘The Kite Runner,’ by Khaled Hosseini (2000 words)

All Assessment Objectives and their weightings for each examination are available on Canvas for students.

English Literature AS/A Level Examination Board OCR

Recommended reading list for English 'A' Level