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English Literature

Examination Board: AQA

This course is about the study of literature texts in order to become a confident, independent and  reflective reader who is able to articulate views in a concise, fluent and structured form.


For the AS Level you will study:

Love Through the Ages: Shakespeare and Poetry 
Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play and an AQA Anthology of love  poetry through the ages (Pre-1900 or Post-1900)

Love Through the Ages: Prose
Study of two prose texts

For the A Level you will study:

Love Through the Ages
Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.

Texts in Shared Contexts:
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry and one drama of which one must be written post-2000

How is the course assessed?

AS Level:
Paper one – written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
Paper two – written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

The examination will include an unseen prose extract 

A Level:
Paper one – written exam: 3 hours
Paper two – written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Non-exam assessment: Independent Critical Study:
Texts across Time
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. One extended essay (2500  words) and a bibliography.

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

You will develop into a confident, independent and reflective reader. You will be able to use critical concepts and appropriate  terminology in responding to the texts. You will be able to show awareness of different interpretations and develop your  knowledge of the literary and cultural contexts in which the texts were written. You will explore comparisons and connections between texts and show an informed knowledge of the critical ideas presented, applying them to literary texts studied.

What can the course lead to in terms of higher education and future careers?

Progression from English Literature to a degree in any academic subject is a possibility. English Literature is a highly regarded  A Level because it develops analytical and evaluative skills. 

What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

GCSEs in English Literature or Language Grade 7 or above.

What activities enrich this subject?

An appreciation of the arts in general is recommended; however, an interest in history, theology and psychology will aid you  in engaging with the text at a critical level.


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