Year 1 AS
Unit 1:Comparative Analysis and Creative Writing (Written Examination: 2 hours)
Section A: Comparative Analysis of poetry and unseen texts
This unit develops your ability to read and compare a range of texts. The poetry Anthology covers a wide range from the late–sixteenth century to 1914 and is designed to introduce students to the historical development of the English language, the rich heritage of writing poetry, as well as illustrating the variation in poetic content and style over time. The exam will require students to produce a comparative analysis of one poem with one of two texts.
Section B: Creative Writing and Commentary
This unit is designed to engage students in the creative process giving them an opportunity to develop their writing skills in a variety of forms and for a range of purposes. Candidates are also required to write a comparative commentary on the two texts they have produced.
Unit 2: Drama and Non-Literary Text Study (Written Examination: 2 hours)
Section A: Post 1900 drama
You will study Tennessee Williams’ ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ This section focuses on the dramatic text in context, with analysis of extract as well as an extended response to the play.
Section B: Non-Literary Study
You will study Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ using appropriate linguistic and literary methods analysis.
Year 2 A2
Unit 3: Shakespeare (Written Examination 2 hours)
This unit is designed to introduce you to work of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’
Unit 4: Unseen Texts and Prose Study (Written Examination: 2 hours)
Section A: Comparative Analysis of Unseen Texts
This unit will extend your ability to contrast texts of different types and from different periods. You will learn to produce detailed comparative analysis of three unseen texts which will come from a variety of contexts.
Section B: Prose Study
In this unit you will read the novel‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ by Thomas Hardy You will learn to produce a piece of extended suing integrated linguistic and literary skills.
Unit 5: Critical and Creative Genre Study (Non-examination assessment)
Section A: Genre Study
This is an opportunity to study a texts from a chosen genre ad submit a 1500-2000 word study based on your reading.
Section B: Related Creative Writing
You will be asked to produce a piece of original writing of approximately 1000-1500 words in the same genre as you have studied. Your creative writing will be informed by the research for completing Section A.