Examination Board/Code: AQA
English Literature B: 7717
During the course students will:
- develop as confident, independent and reflective readers of a range of texts.
- express their responses effectively.
- use critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination.
- reflect on their own responses to texts, to consider other readers’ interpretations, and to develop some awareness of the contexts in which texts are written.
- use detailed knowledge and understanding of individual texts to explore comparisons and connections between them.
- appreciate the significance of cultural and historical influences upon readers and writers.
Students are encouraged to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature and literary studies, undertaking independent and sustained study to deepen their appreciation of English Literature, including its changing traditions by:
- reading widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves.
- engaging critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them.
- developing and effectively applying their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation.
- exploring the contexts of the texts they are reading and others’ interpretations of them.
Assessment consists of two examination papers:
- Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy.
Students study one Shakespeare text and two further texts one of which must be drama.
- Texts and Genres: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing
Students will study three texts: one post 2000 prose text, one poetry text and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.
There is also a non-examination assessment:
- Theory and Independence.
This will involve the study of two texts, one poetry text and one prose text, informed by the study of a Critical Anthology. Students will write two essays of 1250-1500 words.
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