English Literature A-level AQA

Grade 5 in English Language and Literature at GCSE

The A-Level in English Literature has a distinct philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and on the connections which exist between texts. Study of texts within the chosen literacy and cultural genres in the examined topic areas is enhanced by the study of critical theory in the non-exam assessment. In this way, students can gain a solid understanding of how texts can be connected and how they can be interpreted in multiple ways so that students can arrive at their own interpretations and become confident, autonomous readers. Students are then not only equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for both exams and non-exam based assessment, but also experience a rich, challenging and coherent approach to English Literature that provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at University.

The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:

  • The study of texts within specific genres
  • The study of texts through engagement with a range of theoretical ideas
  • Writing about texts in a number of different ways

COURSE DETAILS AND ASSESSMENT INFORMATION:

Course Overview

Aspects of Tragedy

  • Othello/King Lear
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Keats ‘poetry
  • Unseen texts

Assessment Overview

Literacy Genres

75 marks

2 hours 30 minutes

Written paper – closed book

40% of total A level

Course Overview

Elements of political and social protest writing

  • Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Harvest/The Kite RunnerUnseen texts

Assessment Overview

Texts and Genres

75 marks

3 hours

Written paper – open book

40% of total A level

Course Overview

Independent study of two texts: one prose and one poetry, informed by the study of Critical Anthology

Assessment Overview

Theory & independence

50 marks

Non examined assessment

20% of total A level

WHERE CAN THIS COURSE TAKE ME?

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