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A Level Lit specification

Discussion in 'English' started by englishtt06, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    The long version: I have taught AQA B for several years (old and new specs) and now that Y13 completed yesterday, I am thinking about next year. Whilst I have really enjoyed teaching some of the texts/aspects (Hamlet, Othello etc.) I have been less enamoured by others. The students feel the same way. I have taken a quick look at OCR, Edexcel and Eduqas and like a few of their course outlines - how have others found these specs? Have you felt well-supported? There are only one set of mock papers available for the new AQA spec which has proved a little irksome.

    Short version: I never want to teach Tess of the D'Urbervilles again and, unless I teach Richard II, there is no alternative but to change specs. I have tried to stay positive teaching Tess for my students' sake but they complained and quite frankly I agree with them: I love Hardy's poetry; not so keen on the prose, though.
  2. Tangalle

    Tangalle New commenter

    We've enjoyed the spec. We did Keats which went down well. There was a bit of absence of support for the course to be fair, maybe a bit of a blind spot for AQA as they're normally good. We'll be sticking with it, so glad to see the back of that aspects of narrative exam!
  3. CarolineEm

    CarolineEm New commenter

    Stay with AQA Lit B and switch to Comedy? Texts are great; students have responded really well to the course.
    I love the fact with Lit B that the mark scheme is the same for all elements including the NEA, (unlike the previous Lit B spec which was cumbersome in working out which questions were marked for which AOs) and that it is marked holistically - answer the question and you'll hit the AOs.
  4. RosyGlow

    RosyGlow New commenter

    More than happy with Edexcel. More choice, I think and they have produced sets of specimen papers.
  5. Tangalle

    Tangalle New commenter

    Exam papers seemed fair and sensible too
  6. Joannanna

    Joannanna New commenter

    Spec A is the same re: mark schemes. A much improved and better thought out course than before the reform. The one negative has been only having 1 spec paper, but we've overcome it. Exam papers seemed quite fair, though Paper 2 can be confusing due to layout.
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  7. Manbooker

    Manbooker New commenter

    We're with OCR - love it. The usual problems with a lack of SAMs, plus a lack of sample unseen extracts for one of the units. The training courses were great and our AS results last year reflected a very straightforward approach to marking. Our students have loved the dystopian unit - no nagging about wider reading and it's been a pleasure reading a whole range of dystopia to track down extracts for the unseen. The only downside is that it is all closed book....
  8. atwoodfan

    atwoodfan New commenter

    We're OCR as well, and have really enjoyed most of the course. We did the America unit for the comparative and contextual study, and that has been popular with students.
  9. ktolley1

    ktolley1 New commenter

    Agreed our students thought the papers were fair and they've enjoyed the text choices.

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