- Tutors available online.
- Make your own study schedule and take advantage of online tutoring hours
- Obtain a certified diploma once you finish the course.
This qualification aims to provide a wide-ranging approach to studying literary texts. You will study a wide range of texts from various genres and historical contexts. You will consider the ways in which writers construct meanings through language.
As readers and writers, you will engage with wider critical contexts to support your reading of literary texts. You will also conduct independent research in order to complete your own extended literary study.
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
Knowledge and understanding:
The English Literature specification requires you to undertake a varied programme of study so you can show knowledge and understanding of:
- how writers in various genres use form to shape meaning and evoke responses in readers and audience
- the contexts in which texts have been produced and received and understanding of how these contexts influence meaning
- how to make connections and explore relationships between a range of literary texts
- how to read and experience texts critically and creatively
- evaluate texts, drawing on understanding of interpretations presented by different readers such as literary critics
- how attitudes and values are expressed in texts
- communicate fluently, accurately and effectively
- use critical concepts and terminology with discrimination.
There is a coursework element as part of the award, which expects distance learning students to evaluate existing texts linked by genre or theme, demonstrating knowledge and understanding of English Literature.
Your assessed work will be marked and moderated by an independent coursework marker at the centre where you sit your examinations. There may be an additional fee for this marking. All distance learning students should download the Private Candidate Handbook from Edexcel's website which gives you guidance on finding an examination centre and registering. Likewise, International students need to download the specific handbook for them, which will give alternative examination arrangements.
The web site is: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/english-literature-2015.html In addition there are supporting text books available for this course should you require additional guidance. Edexcel A Level English Literature: Student Book (new edition of the text has not been published at this date)
The textbook and accompanying CD-ROM materials will help you develop the following skills:
- Analytical and general writing skills, both in response to examination-style source materials and in developing original coursework.
- Critical engagement and response to a range of literary genres, including poetry, drama, and prose. The textbook clearly outlines the assessment requirements for each unit and offers specific guidance on improving and refining reading and writing skills.
A Level English Literature: Assessment objectives and weightings
The whole course combines a number of learning outcomes. The assessment objectives are weighted as follows: A Level Weighting (%)
- AO1 Articulate informed personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression. 26.7
- AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts 26.7
- AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received 21.9
- AO4 Explore connections across literary texts 14
- AO5 Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations 11