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The Beaconsfield School A specialist Arts College

English at Key Stage 5

We follow the Edexcel two year A level course. Assessment is via 20% coursework and 80% examination at the end of Year 13. The three key areas of Drama, Poetry and Prose are studied.

The following Assessment Objectives are applied across the course:

AO1 - Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.

AO2 - Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3 - Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.

AO4 - Explore connections across literary texts.

AO5 - Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.

The texts studied each year may change depending on the group and teacher but throughout the two years, we will study:

Component 1: Drama (either Tragedy or Comedy) 30%

Shakespeare and one other drama text

A Streetcar named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Othello by William Shakespeare

Component 2: Prose 20%

Two novels linked by theme, one of which is pre-1900. Examples of texts are as follows:

The war of the worlds by HG Wells

Never let me go by Kashio Ishiguru

Component 3: Poetry 30%

A selection of poetry by the romantic poets

Component 4

Coursework.  A comparative essay of 2500 to 3000 words comparing two literary texts with one 19th Century