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English language and literature

English literature - A level

Year 12

Learning outcomes

During Year 12 students will study read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves. They will engage critically with a range of texts and develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. Students will explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them. Wider reading is essential to support students’ critical understanding of genre, literary heritage and key theories and debates.

Topics taught

  • Paper 1:Tragedy
  • Othello
  • Richard 2nd
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Coursework: Prose and Poetry
  • Paper 2: introduction to the elements of Crime literature (unseen extracts)

 

Year 13

Learning outcomes

During Year 13 students will continue to read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves. They will continue to engage critically with a range of texts and develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation. Students will explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them. Wider reading is essential to support students’ critical understanding of genre, literary heritage and key theories and debates.

Topics taught

  • Paper 2: Elements of Crime Writing
  • Novel: Atonement
  • Selection of Poetry: Ballad of Reading Gaol, My Last Duchess, Laboratory, Porphyria’s Lover, Peter Grimes
  • Novel: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
  • Unseen crime literature.