English Literature

Exam Board

  • AQA Syllabus B

Course Content and Assessment

English Literature remains a popular subject for Sixth Form study and is a facilitating subject that supports students in developing skills that are useful for many other areas of study and employment. This course starts with the study of aspects of tragedy and moves on to study fiction with a political element. The course has a philosophy which centres on different ways of reading and the connections that exist between texts within a literary genre. The aim is for students to arrive at their own interpretations and become confident autonomous readers. We also aim for students to enjoy their study of literature and the first cohorts are enthusiastic and successful in all areas of the course.

A Level English Literature

Unit 1: Literary genres – Aspects of tragedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare play, a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. The unit is assessed through a two and a half hour closed book examination.

Unit 2: Texts and genres – Elements of political and social protest writing

Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose, one poetry, and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900. The unit is assessed through a three hour open book examination. The examination will include an unseen passage.

Unit 3: Theory and independency (non-examined assessment)

Independent critical study, study of two texts: one poetry and one prose texts, informed by study of a Critical Anthology. Students will produce two essays of 1250 – 1500 words and a bibliography. One essay can be re-creative.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to achieve a grade 6 in English Literature and Language at GCSE.

Progression Routes and Careers

This course offer clear progression from GCSE; it allows students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps. English Literature A Level enhances applications to a wide variety of degree courses including from law, journalism, creative writing and business or even English.