A-Level English Literature

Eduqas Exam Board

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  • Course Units

    The WJEC Eduqas A level in English literature encourages you to develop your interest in and  enjoyment of literature and literary studies as you:

    • read widely and independently both set texts and others that you have selected for yourselves
    • engage critically and creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
    • develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation
    • explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them
    • undertake independent and sustained studies to deepen your appreciation and understanding of English literature, including its changing traditions.

    This specification is based on a conviction that the study of literature should encourage enjoyment of literary studies based on an informed personal response to a range of texts. It provides you with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and presents opportunities for reading widely and for making creative and informed responses to each of the major literary genres of poetry, prose and drama.

    This specification offers three components in discrete genres of study: poetry, drama and prose to allow you to focus on the conventions and traditions of each genre in turn. A further component offers unseen prose and poetry to allow you to focus separately on applying the skills of literary analysis acquired during the course as a whole.

  • Modules

    Component 1: Poetry—Written examination: 2 hours (30% of qualification)

    Section A: Poetry pre-1900 (open-book, clean copy)

    One two-part question based on the reading of one pre-1900 poetry text from a prescribed list: John Donne

    Section B: Poetry post-1900 (open-book, clean copy)

    One question from a choice of two based on the reading of two post-1900 poetry texts: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

    Component 2: Drama—Written examination: 2 hours (30% of qualification)

    Section A: Shakespeare (closed-book) One two-part question based on the reading of one Shakespeare play: Hamlet.

    Section B: Drama (closed-book)

    One question from a choice of two based on the reading of a pair of plays: one pre-1900 and one post-1900: A Streetcar Named Desire and The Duchess of Malfi

    Component 3: Unseen Texts2 hours (20% of qualification)

    Section A: Unseen prose

    One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen passage of prose, taken from one of two prescribed periods for study

    Section B: Unseen poetry

    One question from a choice of two, analysing an unseen poem or poetry extract

    Component 4: Prose Study—Non-examination (20% of qualification)

    One 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts from different periods, one pre-2000 and one post2000, nominated by the centre and discussed with students.

  • Entry Criteria

    Minimum Grade 5 in GCSE both English Literature and English Language

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