Y12: AS English

Pupils taking A/S English Literature will follow AQA English Literature B (2745) Qualification. Please click here for an overview of the AS curriculum.

This qualification encourages students to understand how narrative works, to look at genre and to learn about critical approaches to texts. Pupils will study a variety of diverse texts across the two year course and will be encouraged to stretch their critical thinking skills and perceptions of literature.

Students will be able to discover how central narrative is to the way literary texts work and they are also introduced to the different aspects of genre. This course encourages wider and independent reading and the course also considers different types of critical approaches and how texts can reflect cultural meanings.

Unit 1: LITB1 Examination Aspects of Narrative

This unit constitutes 60% of AS and 30% of A level. It is assessed by a 2 hour written paper and candidates are permitted to bring clean texts into the examination. There are four texts for study: two novels (at least one post 1990) and two poetry texts 1800-. The examination will be taken in the Summer Term.

The aim of this unit is to introduce pupils to the central position of narrative and the ways in which literary texts work. The term narrative is taken in a broad sense here, involving many different aspects of literary representation, with particular focus on how narratives are constructed by authors, and the different ways in which they can be responded to by readers. In addition pupils are also asked to focus specifically on Assessment Objective Two when looking at the uneven numbered question in Section A, Pupils must have a specific knowledge on how the story is told using language, form and structure here. Pupils are able to study both poetry and prose here which provides them with a variety of forms. In addition all of the texts contain diverse themes and contexts, ensuring that pupils receive a whole spectrum of influences and ideas from their reading material.

Texts for the Autumn Term Lotos Eaters and Choric Song; Ulysses; Tithonus; Godiva; The Lady of Shalott; Mariana all by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Texts for the Spring and Summer Terms The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Enduring Love by Ian McEwan; The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Mode of Assessment

Assessment will be by one written paper of 2 hours’ duration. There will be two sections to the paper, Section A and Section B. Pupils will be required to answer one question from each section. Each question will be marked out of 42, giving an overall maximum mark for the paper of 84 marks.

Section A will have one question on each of the set texts, each question having two parts. Pupils will answer one question on one text. Each question will require pupils to:

• comment in detail on the narrative method of an extract
• relate this extract to wider concerns within the text as a whole.

Section B will have two questions. Both questions will require pupils to compare aspects of narrative across three texts that they have studied. Pupils will answer one question. The three texts written about must not include the text referred to in Section A.

Pupils are permitted to take their texts into the examination. This allows pupils to be pointed to sections of texts in Section A, and to refresh their memories of the form and structure of texts for Section B. It must be stressed that the open book format does not remove from pupils the requirement that they know the texts well and can refer to them in detail

Texts taken into the examination must be clean, that is, free from annotation.

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