AS/A Level English Literature Course
Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2720QS – A level: 1720QS
The course covers a varied range of Prose, Poetry and Drama, both historic and modern, from Shakespeare and Blake to Hardy and Miller. The course best suits those who possess inquiring minds and capacity for critical thinking as well as a willingness to ‘read around’ the texts. It is a challenging course but one that will enrich the learning experience of those who follow it.
As learners progress through the two year course, their studies will be extended in breadth and depth, developing and enhancing learners’ techniques of analysis, evaluation and comparison of literary texts in the context of a wider range of texts of cultural and literary significance.
The specification requires learners to show knowledge and understanding of the significance of:
- the ways in which writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts
- the interpretation of texts by different readers, including over time
- how texts relate to one another and to literary traditions, movements and genres
- the cultural and contextual influences on readers and writers
Unit 1: Prose and Drama (closed-book)
Written examination: 2 hours
This is a closed-book examination. Candidates are not permitted to take copies of the texts into the examination.
- Section A: Prose fiction pre-1900
- Section B: Drama
Unit 2 Poetry Post-1900 (open-book, clean copy) Written examination: 2 hours
- Section A: Critical analysis
- Section B: Poetry comparison
Unit 3: Poetry pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry (open-book) Written examination: 2 hours
- Section A: Poetry pre-1900
- Section B: Unseen poetry
Unit 4: Shakespeare (closed-book) Written examination: 2 hours
Unit 5: Prose Study Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 word assignment
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment
- AS Unit 1 Prose and Drama 2720U1
- AS Unit 2 Poetry Post-1900 2720U2
- A2 Unit 3 Poetry Pre-1900 and Unseen Poetry 1720U3
- A2 Unit 4 Shakespeare 1720U4
- A2 Unit 5 Prose Study 1720U5
- AS Qualification cash-in 2720QS
- A level Qualification cash-in 1720Q
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
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