A level coursework advisory service (CAS) and English Literature pre-1900 text coverage form

Mon Sep 07 11:00:00 UTC 2015

This update provides information on the coursework advisory service for A level English Literature and A level English Language and Literature, together with the A level English Literature 2015 pre-1900 text coverage form.

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Coursework advisory service for A level English Literature and A level English Language and Literature

As part of our support for the delivery of our 2015 A level English specifications, you can now make use of our coursework advisory service for A level English Literature and A level English Language and Literature.

If you would like confirmation that your choice of texts and titles are appropriate, you can submit these and receive feedback within 10 working days from one of our experts.

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There is no obligation to submit your texts and titles.

As well as providing examples of coursework titles, the Getting Started guides for English Literature and for English Language and Literature provide extensive guidance on formulating coursework tasks.

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I will also shortly be providing additional lists of exemplar text combinations and titles to help you get a sense of possible approaches.


A level English Literature 2015 pre-1900 text coverage form

The subject criteria for GCE A level English Literature for first teaching in September 2015 require that at least three pre-1900 texts are studied. 

In the Pearson Edexcel specification, two of these texts are compulsory:

  • one text from a choice of eight Shakespeare plays
  • one pre-1900 prose text from a choice of 12, across six themes.

As per the requirements of the specification, the third pre-1900 text must be selected from one of the three examined components

  • drama
  • prose
  • poetry.

In order to confirm that you have met the requirement to cover at least three pre-1900 texts across the three examined components, please complete and submit the pre-1900 text coverage form by 30 September 2015 for those students who will be completing their A level in 2017.

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One form should be submitted per school or college. 

If multiple texts are being used to meet the third pre-1900 requirement i.e. different texts are being set in Pre-1900 text coverage different teaching groups, please indicate all of the selected texts on the same form.

Responses will be stored and can be cross referenced against examination responses, to ensure that centres have complied with the requirements of the specification and subject criteria.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about these services.

Best wishes

Clare Haviland, English subject advisor
Clare HavilandEnglish
UK: 020 7010 2183
Intl: +44 (0)20 7010 2183
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