3a Unit 1: Exploring modern texts
In this unit candidates will study two modern texts, one of which will be based on exploring different cultures. Modern in this context is defined as post - 1945. The modern texts in Section A provide an element of familiarity, either through themes and issues or through language. This allows candidates to engage with Literature before they move on to looking at texts that are more distanced from their own experience by place in Section B and then by time in the other units of this course.
Currently the students study: The Woman in Black, Susan Hill or An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley and Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck.
Unit 2: Poetry across time:
In this unit candidates will take a skills-based approach to poetry, learning how to make an informed personal response to a range of poems.
Section A is based on the study of a thematic poetry cluster from the AQA poetry Anthology Moon on the Tides. We currently study the relationships cluster. Each cluster contains fifteen poems, some of which are contemporary and some of which are from the ELH, WLH or ILH. Candidates will study one of these clusters in detail in order to respond to questions in Section A of the examination paper.
Section B promotes candidates’ wider engagement with poetry through their study of a list of poems by 15 contemporary and literary heritage poets. They should develop their ability to write about key features of poetry, such as content, theme, structure, rhyme, rhythm and use of language.
Prescribed Poets for Unit 2 Section B: William Blake, John Keats, Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, W. H. Auden, Robert Frost, Wilfred Owen, Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, Wendy Cope, Tony Harrison, Jo Shapcott, Sophie Hannah, Owen Sheers and Brian Patten.
Unit 3: The significance of Shakespeare and the Engish Literature Heritage
Candidates will be expected make links between one play by Shakespeare (Macbeth) with one other text from the English (Welsh or Irish) Literary Heritage; in this case we have selected the poetry of Robert Browning as the second text.
The students will study a range of aspects from both texts such as:
- female or male characters
- comic characters