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This specification is made up of two parts: AS and A2. Students may take the AS as a
stand-alone qualification without progressing to A2. However, to gain the full GCE, students must complete the AS and the A2 units. The AS units make up 40% of the full A level qualification, and the A2 units make up 60%.

The specification allows students to explore two broad areas of interest. These are:

  • social trends and issues; and either
  • political culture, intellectual culture or artistic culture.

Students explore the areas of interest by studying four themes.

Themes

AS

A2

  • Relationships
  • Culture and Lifestyle
  • Young People in Society
  • Our Place in a Changing World

Topics within the themes are outlined in the full specification.

Students also study film or literature at AS level and literature at A2.

Film/Literature

Literature

For AS, students study one of the following four set works:
Film:

  • Mercier: Lipservice
  • O’Hara: Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom
  • O’Reilly: Clare Sa Spéir

Literature:

  • Peigí Rose: Anne (An Chéad Chnuasach)

For Unit AS 3: Extended Writing, students write one essay, in Irish, based on their chosen set work.

For A2, students study one of the following set works:
Literature:

  • Mac Labhraí (editor): Anam na Teanga
  • Ó Tuairisc: Lá Fhéile Míchíl
  • A selection of poems by: Ó Ríordáin, Ó Searcaigh, Ó Direáin and Mhac an tSaoi

For Unit A2 3: Extended Writing, students write one essay, in Irish, based on their chosen set work.