Schools and colleges may aim to introduce the NEA in the first year of the course.
An appropriate opportunity would be the six weeks which follow the completion of AS examinations but other times will be available, especially where schools and colleges are not entering their students for AS.
Ideally, the theoretical material should be used to support and inform the reading of all texts studied during the whole course.
If this is done, students will have gained a solid understanding of how texts can be interpreted in multiple ways thereby enabling them to arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers.
In this task, a student would need to think about how Burgess’s methods have helped him or her to decide to what extent they can agree that is a protest novel about the powerlessness of human beings against ruthless autocratic governments.
It is worth considering how key terms in the exemplar task wording enable different AOs to be accessed: is a protest novel about the powerlessness of human beings against ruthless autocratic governments.’ Using ideas from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view?To that end, few restrictions are placed on the student’s freedom to choose their own texts and shape their own task but the following requirements must be met: The introduction to the NEA should provide students with a detailed review of the above requirements and guidance on what it means to work independently (e.g.productive research skills, effective time management). The point at which students begin their NEA preparation will depend on individual school and college decisions.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.We have worked closely with teachers and universities to develop relevant, engaging and up-to-date specifications that approach the study of literature through the lens of historicism.The specifications encourage independent study of a range of texts within a shared context.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’.What is important, given that the NEA assesses all five assessment objectives (AOs), is that each task must allow access to them all.Students should be familiar with this concept by the time they approach the NEA as all AOs are tested in all questions in the examined components 1 and 2.