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English Literature AQA Specification A

The course is the study of literature in context, within genres and across time. It will appeal to students that have enjoyed the study of literature at GCSE and who wish to continue a broader and more in depth approach. It would also suit students with an interest in history, and the two subjects would complement each other.

What will you study?

Unit 1 : Shakespeare and Love Through the Ages  (40% of A Level)

  • Shakespeare: Othello
  • Love Through the Ages: Pre 1900 Poetry Anthology
  • Prose Text: The Great Gatsby
  • Open Book Examination 3 hours

Unit 2: World War One and its aftermath (40% of A Level)

Texts in Shared Contexts

  • One prose text : Birdsong
  • One poetry text : War Poetry of Wilfred Owen
  • One drama text : My Boy Jack
  • Open Book Examination 2 hours 30 minutes

Unit 3: Non Examined Assessment 20% (Coursework)

Independent Critical Study Across Time

Study of two texts on theme of ‘War and Conflict’

One essay 2500 words

What will be expected of you?

Close analysis of texts across genres and time. It is important that you have good language skills and coherent written expression. An enjoyment of reading and literature is essential.

What does this course prepare you for?

The A2 level achieved at the end of Year 13 is worth up to 140 UCAS points and would prepare students for entry for a wide range of courses not just English Literature. The course is good preparation for careers in Law, Journalism, Media and Communication and Education.

Entry Requirements

You will need to have achieved A*- B grades at GCSE in order to undertake a course at this level. This is an academically demanding course and as such you will need to have secured a B pass at GCSE in either English Language or English Literature and ideally in both.