Specification: AQA A
AQA Specification A’s historicist approach to the study of literature rests upon reading texts within a shared context. Working from the belief that no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time in which it was produced, Specification A encourages students to explore the relationships that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives. Specification A privileges the process of making autonomous meaning, encouraging students to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses.
Students should be prepared for ‘Love through the Ages’ by reading widely in the topic area, reading texts from a range of authors and times.
‘Love through the Ages’ – 2 exams of 1hour 30 minutes each (closed book) = 100% of AS level.
‘Love through the Ages’ and ‘Texts in Shared Contexts’ – 2 exams of 3 hours (open book for Section C) and 2 hours 30 minutes (open book) respectively = 80% of A level
Independent Critical Study: ‘Texts across Time’ = 20% of A level
Students can be accepted on the course if they have passed GCSE at grade C or higher in both English Language and English Literature; grade B or above is a good indicator of their aptitude for study at this level.
Texts are not provided at AS level, and these will cost between £15 and £35 approximately, depending on the students’ choice of which recommended and supplementary texts to buy. For A2, no texts are provided either and the approximate cost of these will be £35. We will offer theatre trips, when available, and recommend all students to take advantage of these.
It’s less than a week until our Careers and Degree Apprenticeship Fair! Gryphon students will have the opportunity to meet the employers during the day, but there is also an evening session (4.30-7.00pm) when you are welcome to come back with your parents, and it is also open to the public, so any young people in the area who want to find out more about career options are welcome!
Download the Event Programme now for a full list of which employers are coming, and it also includes some handy tips for how to get the most out of your discussions with companies:https://www.gryphon.dorset.sch.uk/events/sixth-form-careers-degree-apprenticeship-fair/#.WmCIdxicab9
*Careers & Degree Apprenticeships Fair – Wednesdsay*
As well as some of the region’s top employers, we also have a number of other organisations attending on Wednesday. The Samee Project is a unique and inspirational social enterprise that aims to promote self-employment and freelance working as viable career options to young people in school education.
Chris Wilkinson will be on the stand to talk to students and parents – he was awarded an MBE for his services to the Police. He is also an Animal behaviourist and dog trainer and a Patron of the SAMEE Charity.
Find out more: https://samee.co.uk/news/