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English Literature


Exam board – AQA
Entry Requirement – GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language and Literature

Who Should I contact for more information – Mrs Ayliffe or Mr Hall

What does this Course lead to?
This course is recognised by top universities in the country and will enable you to follow a wide variety of career paths including careers in law, journalism, television, marketing, teaching and publishing.

What will I study

Paper 1: Love through the Ages – Study of three texts: one poetry anthology, one prose text and one Shakespeare play

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts – Choice of two options:

Option 2A: World War 1 and its aftermath
Option 2B: Modern Times: Literature from 1945 to the present day
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama.

Paper 3: Independent Critical Study: Texts across time

What are the benefits of studying this course and what will I gain from it?

This course will enable you to

  • Develop your interest in and enjoyment of literature by reading widely across the three genres of prose, poetry and drama
  • Appreciate literature by watching theatre and film versions of texts studied in class
  • Gain an understanding of the traditions of literature through time
  • Communicate informed responses to a wide variety of texts and time periods
  • Make informed opinions and judgements through class discussions and written responses
  • Gain an understanding of social, historical and cultural influences on literary texts
  • Develop your skills to research texts independently

How will I be assessed

Paper 1
Written examination : 75 marks – 40% of A Level

Paper 2
Written examination : 75 marks – 40% of A Level – Open book examination

Paper 3
Comparative critical study of two texts chosen by the student and written as a coursework essay – 20%