English Literature


LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?

Many Universities value students with an A Level in English as this demonstrates to them that the student is a bright, knowledgeable, academic candidate, who will be able to thrive in Higher Education. Studying English at A Level could lead into a career in Education, Law, Journalism, Media, Speech Therapy and Management. Through studying English at A Level, students will learn how to effectively articulate their ideas and opinions, a skill that is useful in most, if not all professions.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

You will develop interest in and enjoyment of literature, reading widely and independently from set texts and your own choices. You will write creative responses to reading, the development and application of knowledge, and analysis and evaluation in speech and writing.

WHAT WILL I STUDY AND HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Section B: Poetry. One question on printed poem (25 marks)

Paper 2: Love through the ages: prose
Study of two prose texts. Examination will include an unseen prose extract

Assessment
written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
open book
50 marks
50% of AS level

Questions
Section A: Unseen prose. One compulsory question on unseen prose extract (25 marks)
Section B: Comparing prose texts. One comparative question on two prose texts (25 marks)

A Level Subject content

Paper 1: 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. Examination will include two unseen poems

Assessment
written exam: 3 hours
open book in Section C only
75 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: Shakespeare: one passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)
Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks)
Section C: Comparing texts: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts

Choice of two options:
Option 2A: WW1 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, of which one must be written post-2000
Examination will include an unseen extract

Assessment
written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
open book
75 marks
40% of A-level

Questions
Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks)
Section B: Contextual linking one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)
one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

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

Assessment
50 marks
20% of A-level
assessed by teachers
moderated by AQA

WHY CHOOSE ENGLISH?

Studying English at A Level allows students to broaden their knowledge of literary techniques and terminology, as well as develop their analytical skills. It also gives them the opportunity to further their understanding of how cultural, historical and societal issues have influenced the literature that they study.