English Literature at KS5

Course ID
Edexcel 9E20
Faculty
English
Department
English
Level
Key Stage 5 ('A' Level)
Head of Faculty
H. Seckleman
Head of Department
H. Seckleman

The ‘A’ Level in English Literature exposes students to a wide range of thought-provoking and challenging texts that are chosen by skilled and experienced teachers.

Students study a range of earlier and more modern texts, these include: a Shakespeare play, Romantic Movement poetry, two novels, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and modern poetry, with the contemporary Forward Book of Modern Poetry being one of the set texts. The course builds on the skills developed at GCSE level. The course is assessed at the end of the two-year course (with internal assessment at the end of Year 12) and there are three final examinations. The Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) is worth 20% of the overall award. Students follow the Edexcel GCE qualification.

Curriculum Termly Breakdown by Year

Year 12

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Prose Comparison.
Wuthering Heights / A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Critical textual analysis.
Autumn 2 Prose Comparison.
Wuthering Heights / A Thousand Splendid Suns.
Comparative Essays.
Spring 1 Language and Power / Occupation.
Language and Gender.
Essays.
Original Writing.
Spring 2 Modern Poetry.
Romantic Poetry.
Critical textual analysis.
Essays.
Summer 1 Drama.
King Lear / A Streetcar Named Desire.
Critical textual analysis.
Essays.
Summer 2 Drama.
Internal Assessment.
Internal ‘AS’ Level Assessment.

 

Year 13

Term Unit of Work Assessment
Autumn 1 Non-Examination Assessment (NEA) Prose Study.
The Handmaid’s Tale.
The Passion of New Eve.
Critical Textual Analysis.
Autumn 2 Prose Comparison.
A Thousand Splendid Suns / Wuthering Heights.
NEA.
Essays and exam practice.
Spring 1 Mock examinations.
Modern and Romantic Poetry.
Mock examinations –
Component 1, 2 and 3.
Spring 2 Modern and Romantic Poetry. Essays and exam practice.
Summer 1 Drama.
Revision.
External examinations.
Edexcel GCE English Literature
Component 1, 2 and 3.
Summer 2 ‘A’ Level Examination. ‘A’ Level Examination.

 

Extended Learning

Year 12

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
AQA Specification; Seneca Learning – tailored to the AQA A Level English Literature specification; The British Library Wider reading of classic and contemporary literary texts, set texts, English Review Magazine – Dynamic Learning
Username: library@eastbarnet.barnet.sch.uk
Password: review
Centre ID : 15022
Watch dramatic presentations of texts studied. Opportunities for theatre visits. Sixth Form Leadership.

 

Year 13

Websites Read Visit or Watch Extra
AQA Specification; Seneca Learning – tailored to the AQA A Level English Literature specification; The British Library Re-read set texts. Wider reading of contemporary and classic literary texts. English Review Magazine (copies in EBS Library and online archive). Watch dramatic presentations of texts studied. Opportunities for theatre visits. Sixth Form Leadership.

 

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