Horsforth School Sixth Form Course Guide

Opportunity and achievement for all | Horsforth School Sixth Form 7 ENGLISH LITERATURE (AQA English Literature Specification B) Curriculum Leader: Mrs R Stokes A Level - Paper 1 - Literary genres Students will study one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.Texts are drawn from a list of authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald,Thomas Hardy, John Keats, Arthur Miller, Shakespeare or English Literature B Poetry anthology provided by the exam board.The exam will focus on one passage based on the set Shakespeare text, one essay question on set Shakespeare text and one essay question linking two texts.The written exam is closed book and is worth 40% of A Level. A Level - Paper 2 -Texts and genres This area of study has a choice of two options; Elements of crime writing and Elements of political and social protest writing. Students study three texts from the following list: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry text and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. Texts are drawn from a list of authors such as Margaret Atwood,William Blake, Jim Crace, Charles Dickens,Tony Harrison, Khaled Hosseini, Henrik Ibsen, andWilliam Shakespeare. Questions are; one compulsory question on an unseen passage, one essay question on set text, and one essay question which connects two texts.The exam is open book and is 40% of A Level. Non-examAssessment -Theory and Independence This area of the course provides a challenging and wide-ranging opportunity for an introduction to different ways of reading texts and for independent study.This process is supported by the AQA Critical anthology, which has accessible extracts on the following critical methods and ideas; narrative theory, feminist theory, Marxist theory, ecocritical theory, post-colonial theory, literary value and the canon. In this component, students write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other must be prose. Each text must be linked to a different section of the Critical anthology.Two essays of 1,250 – 1,500 words, each one responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology. One essay can be re-creative, which will be accompanied by a commentary. 20% of A Level assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA. FRENCH Curriculum Leader: Mrs A Shaffner Year 12 – AS AS Topics: family / relationships, the cyber society, voluntary work, heritage, contemporary Francophone, Cinema the 7th art form PLUS a film or a book. Method of Assessment Examinations at the end of the year: Paper 1: Listening / Reading / Translations: 1 hour 45 minutes - 80 marks (40% of the total AS) Paper 2: Translations, critical essay on film or book: 1 hour 15 minutes - 60 marks (30% of the total AS) Paper 3: Speaking Exam 12-14 minutes plus 15 minutes preparation time - 60 marks (30% of the total AS) Year 13 - A2 A2 topics: a diverse society, poverty, how criminals are treated, the political rights of teenagers, demonstrations and strikes, politics and immigration PLUS a book whether a book or a film has been studied in AS PLUS an individual research project. Method of Assessment Examinations at the end of the year: Paper 1: Listening / Reading / Translations: 2 hours 30 minutes - 160 marks (40% of the total A Level) Paper 2: 2 essays on 2 books or 1 book and 1 film: 2 hours - 90 marks (30% of the total A Level) Paper 3: Speaking Exam: 21-23 minutes including 5 minutes preparation time – 60 marks (30% of the total A Level) Additional Information Students will develop their skills of reading and writing, listening and speaking in French through studying aspects of French life relevant to young people. Lessons are active and there will be the opportunity to work both independently and in groups.There will also be opportunities to develop ICT skills. Students will find that their fluency in spoken and written French improves rapidly during the course.We use an e-text book, supplemented with a wide range of audio and video material. Trips are organised to French films and plays whenever these are shown locally. French compliments all subjects and there is no reason why those studying unrelated subjects should not take French as one of their A Levels to open up choice and increase options for joint degrees or modular degrees at University.

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