Pupils taking A2 English Literature will follow the AQA English Literature B (2745) Qualification. The aims of these units are to develop and explore ideas on the significance of genre which have been established during the AS course. Pupils are now equipped to look at texts from a variety of different angles and are given more scope and independence to do this at A2. Please click here for an overview of the A2 curriculum.
Texts are grouped within two broad categories: ‘Elements of the Gothic ‘and ‘Elements of the Pastoral’. At The John Warner School students study ‘Elements of the Gothic’. Our reason for this choice is that we find students are able to engage easily and effectively with this genre, enabling them to build on prior learning and to extend their writing skills.
Individual texts will be explored and evaluated against some of the commonly accepted principles of the chosen genre, and three texts (or more) will be compared as representatives of that genre. Both units 3 and 4 are studied concurrently, and further details are given below.
Unit 3: LITB3 Texts and Genres, Autumn – Summer Term
Pupils study a minimum of three texts for examination under this umbrella, and at least one of these texts must be taken from the period 1300 through to 1800.
Our pupils study:
• Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – Autumn Term
• The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter – Autumn Term
• Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe – Spring and Summer Term
Pupils will be asked to look at these texts in connection with the specific genre of the gothic and will have to evaluate and ‘place’ the texts within that genre. Therefore it is key for all pupils to understand and study the genre of the gothic itself. Pupils must read around the genre and apply their knowledge to the texts they be examined on.
Unit 4 LITB4 – Further and Independent Reading – Autumn Term
There are a variety of different aims to this unit. The first is to introduce pupils to a wider range of texts, some of which may be of their own choosing. The second aim is to introduce pupils to a variety of ways of reading texts for study, including their independent reading. The third aim is to develop the pupils’ critical approaches to texts and for these to be applied with discrimination to literary texts.
Candidates must study at least three texts. In the definition of text here, one of the three will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing applied to a piece of literature. The pack of critical material is designed for specific use with coursework Unit 4, but will have wider application across the whole of A2 study of English Literature. It will therefore contribute significantly to the specification’s commitment to progression from AS, stretch and challenge and synopticity. It is designed to help candidates to make connections across texts, and to see that the study of Literature is underpinned by certain methods and ideas.
The purpose of the pre-released pack of critical material is to introduce candidates to some different ways in which the study of Literature can be approached. Once they have studied the material they will then apply some of it to a text or texts of their choice.
Mode of Assessment
Assessment will be by the production of a coursework portfolio of two pieces of work. Each piece of work will be marked out of 30 to produce an overall mark out of 60 for the unit.
The coursework portfolio will consist of:
• A comparative study of an aspect of two texts of the candidate’s choice. This piece should be 1500-2000 words.
• The application of critical ideas taken from the pre-released anthology to a text or texts of the candidate’s own choice. This piece should be1200-1500 words.
AO1 Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent accurate written expression
AO2 Demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts
AO3 Explore connections and comparisons between different literary texts, informed by interpretations of other readers
AO4 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received