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English at Key Stage 5

We follow the Edexcel two year A level course. Assessment is via 20% coursework and 80% examination at the end of Year 13. The three key areas of Drama, Poetry and Prose are studied.

The following Assessment Objectives are applied across the course:

AO1 - Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 - Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4 - Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5 - Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

The texts studied each year may change depending on the group and teacher but throughout the two years we will study:

Component 1: Drama (either Tragedy or Comedy) 30%

Shakespeare and one other drama text

Tragedy: Antony and Cleopatra, King Lear, Othello, Hamlet, Dr Faustus (Marlowe), The Duchess of Malfi (Webster), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williams)

Comedy: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde), Waiting for Godot (Beckett)

Component 2: Prose 20%

Two novels linked by theme, one of which is pre-1900. Examples of texts are as follows:

Atonement (Ian McEwan), Hard Times (Charles Dickens), Heart of Darkness (Joseph Conrad), A Passage to India (EM Forster), Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte), A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini), Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy)

Component 3: Poetry 30%

Post-2000 poetry: Unseen modern poetry and Poems of the Decade: An Anthology

Pre or Post 1900 poetry, focussing on either a period or a poet

The Medieval Period or Geoffrey Chaucer

Metaphysical Poetry or John Donne

The Romantic Period or John Keats

The Victorian Period or Christina Rossetti

The Modernist Period or TS Eliot

The Movement or Philip Larkin

Component 4: Coursework 20%

Two texts, linked by theme, writer, period, and taken from drama, poetry, prose or literary non-fiction. One assignment is produced.