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Sixth Form: English Literature

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English Literature


Course Title


Subject Leader

English Literature


Mr N Patterson





Assessment Outline

At the end of the two year course, you will undertake three examination papers (80%). During the course one piece of Non- exam Assessment (coursework) (20%) will also be completed.

Component 1 is Poetry pre-1900 and Poetry post-1900

Component 2 is Shakespeare and a further pair of plays: one pre-1900 and one post-1900.

Component 3 is Unseen prose and Unseen poetry

Component 4 is one 2500-3500 word assignment based on the reading of two prose texts.

Assessment Objectives

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

Key Skills in this task

The ability to understand and analyse a short story using a variety of different approaches.

Bridging Task

Task Outline

  • Read the story ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  The text can be accessed here:

All students will complete the following task

  • Write a summary of the story.  Use no more than 50 words. (AO1)


Main tasks: You may either annotate the text or write up your responses.

All students must complete the following task

  1. Analyse how Fitzgerald uses imagery of nature, colour, dark and light in the text. (AO2)

Most students should complete the following task

  1. The critic Julian Cowley has written in York Notes Advanced: The Great Gatsby (York Press, 1998) that ‘Fitzgerald’s short stories provide an entertaining picture of youthful hedonism and especially the antics of those liberated young women known as ‘flappers’, affronting conventional values with their short skirts, short hair and makeup.’  How is this shown in ‘Bernice Bobs Her Hair’? (AO3)



Some students may choose to complete the following two tasks

  1. The critic Julian Cowley has written in York Notes Advanced: The Great Gatsby (York Press, 1998) that ‘The central issue is whether it is better to live a cautious and disciplined existence or to indulge in a passionate unruly life.’  How far is this true of Bernice Bobs Her Hair? (AO5)
  2. Write a paragraph to explain the significance of the title of the story. (AO2)

Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

We will be looking for you to show the quality of your analysis of the author’s use of imagery (AO2), your appreciation of the importance of context (AO3), your ability to engage with critical opinion (AO5) and your ability to apply literary concepts using appropriate terminology (AO1).