This resource provides guidance on the non-exam assessment (NEA) requirements for A-level English Literature B, and should be read in conjunction with the NEA requirements set out in the specification.
It develops and exemplifies the requirements, but is wholly consistent with them. Given that a central tenet of Specification B is how meanings in literature arise and given that the specification encourages students to have their own voices, it is fitting that the title of the NEA component is ‘Theory and independence’.
Given that the text being written about in this exemplar response is a novel, the discussion will be on narrative method.
Comment on characterisation, sequencing, structure, voices, settings and language should be woven into the argument.
If students are not introduced to theoretical material prior to their NEA study, teachers will need to ensure that they are helped in their reading of the chosen sections of the critical anthology, from which students can choose critical views to apply.
By studying these critical theories, they will see how meanings in texts can be laid open for negotiation and debate and students may choose to read beyond the extracts provided in the critical anthology.Studied together they create an understanding of English Literature that will deepen your students' knowledge and love of the subject.Our English AS and A-levels provide strong stand-alone qualifications that are designed to be co-teachable. Of the two pieces of writing that make up the final folder, one must be a conventional response, of which examination essays are examples, but the other can be a re-creative piece if the student so wishes.The re-creative option requires a different approach and could provide more enjoyment and challenge.As with the examination questions, tasks need to address the assessment objectives, but with NEA there can be more flexible approaches.Exemplar student response E is not unlike those in Section B of the two examined components in that the student is responding to the extent to which he/she agrees with a given view.Whilst the directive to include relevant comment on authorial method is not explicit here, the importance of students integrating into their debates comment about the writer’s methods also applies here.Students should know their NEA text well so that they can discuss method in an explicit way, and can make judicious choices in their selection of supporting material.The NEA component allows students and teachers much more freedom in the choice of texts than the examined components and so enables the aptitudes and interests of students to be taken into account when texts are being selected.When supporting students with their choice of texts, the following guidance is useful: We encourage schools and colleges to check task titles with their AQA NEA Adviser before students embark on their research, especially where there may be some uncertainty about the appropriateness of texts or the approach being taken.