Year 12 Curriculum - English
English Language and Literature A-Level AQA (2 year course)
- 4.1 Telling Stories
- 4.2 Exploring Conflict
- 4.3 Making Connections
Paper 1: Views and Voices
Study of 3 texts: Imagined worlds – “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Poetic Voices – a selection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry, and Remembered Places – an anthology of non-fiction extracts based around the theme of Paris.
Written exam: 3 hours
Open book in Sections B and C only (The Handmaid’s Tale and Poetic Voices)
100 marks, 40% of total A Level
Section A: Remembered Places - One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks).
Section B: Imagined Worlds - One question from a choice of two on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (35 marks).
Section C: Poetic Voices. One question from a choice of two on poetry set text by Carol Ann Duffy (25 marks).
Paper 2: Exploring Conflict
Writing about Society – “The Great Gatsby”
Dramatic Encounters – “A Streetcar named Desire.”
Written exam:2 hours and 30 minutes
100 marks; 40% of A-level
Section A: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. One piece of re-creative writing (25 marks) and a critical commentary (30 marks).
Section B: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. One question from a choice of two (45 marks).
Non-exam assessment: Making Connections
A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500 – 3,000 words).
50 marks, 20% of total A Level marks
Assessed by teachers; moderated by AQA.