(Original post by kingaaran)
I'm not certain of the exam board that my school has chosen, but I think it might be AQA. However, I am definitely not certain of the specification they have chosen!
I love Pride and Prejudice; the story is fascinating. However, I am not a fan of Great Expectations, so hopefully I won't have to study it. Poetry is fun, so hopefully that unit will be amazing!
Frankenstein...lovely! I have always wanted to read that novel, so if I can, I will certainly be choosing that novel. How does Controlled Assessment work? What are the AOs and how does the mark scheme operate? Is it similar to GCSE, where the top band asks candidates to be 'sophisticated,' and if-so, what is AQA's interpretation of 'sophisticated' at A-Level?
I'm happy to hear that the workload will not be much in comparison to science-based subjects, as my all of my other A-Levels are going to be science-based - *relief* ! The reason that I decided to go with Literature is because I've heard that it's enjoyable, and as you've said it too, it's made me want to study it more!
Thank you very much for your help. It has been awesome!
Ah fair enough
Agreed! And yeah, from what I've heard it's not that enjoyable, but I guess I'd have to read it to judge it! Yeah I'm sure you'll love it
I'm loving Frankenstein so far, my exam paper is based on Gothic literature, so we have to know a fair bit about Gothic architecture and other aspects such as the supernatural, which is fascinating too. Well for my coursework, I had to do answer two questions on two plays within the comic genre: Educating Rita and A Midsummer Night's Dream. They're both marked out of 30 and a combined mark out of 60 is made. I think it's about 50 for an A. For a mark in the top band, they base it off this:
Use of appropriate critical vocabulary and technically fluent style/ well structured and coherent argument always relevant with very sharp focus on task and confidently ranging around texts.
Exploration and analysis of key features of form and structure with perceptive evaluation of how they shape meanings.
Exploration and analysis of key aspects of language with perceptive evaluation of how they shape meanings.
Detailed and perceptive understanding of issues raised in connecting texts through concept of comedy.
Perceptive consideration of different interpretations of texts with sharp evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses and with excellent selection of supportive references.
Excellent understanding of ways of contextualising ‘comedy’ as a dramatic genre.
Excellent understanding of a range of other relevant contextual factors with specific, detailed links between context/texts/task.
I think the main aim was to depict and explore various ideas, convey them in an intellectual and unique way, show that you understand the genre. So for example, in my coursework, we had to link to aspects of comedy through the ideas of Aristotle, relate aspects of comedy to real life etc. I guess 'sophistication' is quite important, precision in your answer is important. I don't know about you, but I waffle on quite a bit because I love using 'flowery language', sadly I've had to learn to be more precise in my answers
Examiners love unique ideas, exploring areas others may not think of doing, creating links between texts.
Yeah that's probably a good idea then. Although I do History too, English Literature was great, it was so refreshing from my two sciences, and it's a great subject to do along sciences because of the fact it's not as heavy as other essay subjects such as history.
Sadly I messed up my exam and so I'm dreading my result haha
It should have been my strongest result as it's the subject I find easiest, but you'll do great if you love it! And you're very welcome