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English language and literature

English literature

A level English literature is an exciting and dynamic course that develops the skills of analysis, understanding, insight and critical thinking. The course involves reading and exploring a wide variety of texts and students study texts both singly and comparatively.

Students develop their own critical opinions, independently analysing how writers' choices of form, structure and language inform meaning. They also engage with literary criticism at an advanced and mature level, demonstrating their ability to handle complex ideas.

In the study of Love through the Ages, students explore the presentation of love across a wide variety of texts that have been produced across a broad-reaching time period.

In the study of Texts in Shared Contexts, students study a selection of prose, poetry and drama from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

During the course, students also undertake an independent critical study which focusses on the comparison of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and another text of their own choice, which prepares students for the independence of university study.    

 

Year 12

 

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
  • Students will analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
  • Students will explore connections across literary texts.
  • Students will explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

 

Topics taught

A focus on Love through the Ages:

  • ‘Othello’
  • ‘Wuthering Heights’
  • Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages (pre-1900)
  • Comparison between ‘Wuthering Heights’ and the pre-1900 poetry texts
  • Unseen Love Poetry through the Ages (from early modern English to the poetry of the 21st century)
  • Introduction to Independent Study: ‘Frankenstein’ and student choice of comparison text
  • Unseen Prose

 

 

Year 13

 

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
  • Students will analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
  • Students will explore connections across literary texts.
  • Students will explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

 

Topics taught

A focus on Texts in Shared Contexts:

  • A selection of 20th and 21st century prose, drama and poetry
  • Retrieval, revision and consolidation of Love through the Ages and Texts in Shared Contexts

 

 

Link to exam specification

 

 

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-a-7711-7712/introduction

 

 

Year 12 student

Literature allows you to explore the many different ways you can interpret meaning and to understand how writers communicate their message. Developing your understanding of a text from first reading to truly analysing the meaning behind the writers' words is fascinating.