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English Literature

Entry Requirements

'Minimum of 5, 9 -5 Grades at GCSE or equivalent with English and maths. Grade 6 or equivalent in your chosen study subject is preferred.

Course Description

This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all the A level exams at the end of their A level course.


The A level consists ofthree units of study. In the first, Literary Genres, the texts are connected through a mainstream literary genre: either  Aspects of Tragedy or Aspects of Comedy. Students study three texts: one Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further text. The paper for this component is closed book: the exam is 2 hours 30 minutes and is worth 40% of the A level.

In the second unit, Texts and Genres, the texts are grouped together  as having elements of more modern genres: either  Crime Writing or Political Writing. Students study three texts: one post-2000 prose text, one poetry  and one further text. They also respond to an unseen passage in the examination. The paper for this component is open book (students may take a copy of their set texts into the examination). The exam is 3 hours and is worth  40% of the A level.

The third unit, Theory and Independence, requires students to study two further texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology. This final unit is worth 20% of the A level and requires  students to complete  two essays of 1250 -1500 words (each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology). These essays are assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Career Opportunities 

  • Media Production
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Consultancy
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Publishing
  • Proof Reading
  • Management

A level English Literature would complement advanced level qualifications including History, Modern Foreign Languages, Law, Psychology and Sociology.

Course Details

For more information please contact Mrs Rudge, Key Stage 5 Coordinator/Mr Lloyd,Second in Faculty and Key Stage 4 Coordinator: (01922) 721071 ext. 263.

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