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English Faculty

Miss R Lalor

Mrs C Percival

Mr T Clark

For more details on our English curriculum, please contact or 01202 578886 

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

What will I learn on this course?

You will study a wide range of texts, building on the skills you have already developed at GCSE level. You will also:

  • Develop your independent learning skills
  • Develop your ability to read critically, analyse and evaluate
  • Explore worlds, experience new emotions and understand people and their actions in a new and insightful way

Assessments, Intervention and Support

You will complete frequent assessments throughout the two years. You will only complete exams at the end of year 13. As a department, we are supportive and will put measures in place to support your leaning and ensure that you are making the right amount of progress.

Independent Study

You will be expected to take control of your own learning and read outside of lesson time. In order to succeed in this A-Level, you must have a broad knowledge of Literature; the only way to achieve this is by reading! In addition to this reading, you will be expected to:

  • Complete practice papers and questions
  • Revise each unit as the two-year course progresses
  • Homework will take a minimum of 3 hours a week
  • Seek teachers out to clarify any misunderstandings or to help you solve problems

Summer tasks to prepare for the course

  • Read at least one Shakespeare play and prepare a presentation exploring its themes and characters
  • Read a collection of poems by a poet and prepare a presentation exploring three of the poems
  • Read a least two novels from the A-Level reading list and prepare a presentation exploring the writers’ techniques and use of structure

Course Content

This course is linear so will only be assessed at the end of the second year.

Paper 1: Love through the ages—40%

You will complete a 3 hour exam. There are three sections:

Section A—Shakespeare—passage-based essay question

Section B—Unseen Poetry—essay question on two unseen poems

Section C—Comparing texts (poetry and prose) – essay question linking two texts

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts—40%

You will complete a 2 hours and 30 minutes open book exam

Section A—Set text—essay question on your set text

Section B—Linking contexts— question on an unseen extract and an essay question linking two texts

Non-exam assessment: Texts across time—20%

Comparative critical study of two texts. Extended essay—2500 words


Over the two years you will read a minimum of 8 texts:

Love through the ages

Shakespeare play

Poetry Anthology

Prose text

Texts in shared contexts

Prose text

Drama text

Poetry text

Teacher’s choice of text for fourth text

Non-exam assessment

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