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Grade 2018 2017
A* 3 2
A 4 6
B 7 11
C 5 3
D 2 4
E 0 0
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English Literature

Literature is the study of plays, poetry and prose. You will have the opportunity to read and research the context of a wide range of texts over the two-year course under the umbrella themes of ‘World War One and its Aftermath’ and ‘Love through the Ages’. Lessons will take the form of seminar-style discussions, student presentations, and close annotation of the reading material. An exciting part of the course, which helps students to develop as independent and creative readers and writers, is the NEA (coursework) element. This gives you the opportunity to write a 2,500-word essay on two texts of your choice in response to a question of your choice.

You should consider studying English Literature at A-level if you have enjoyed English Literature at GCSE and feel passionate about texts and ideas. Independent study is another significant part of the course, so you should be self-disciplined to complete all tasks and meet deadlines. Finally, you must enjoy reading, and the process of critically responding to texts in writing.

  • English Literature A Level is a way to lose yourself in a novel or a poem and also broaden your reading skills
  • English Literature at A Level is an excellent subject to be able to study because it inspires critical thinking and the ability to structure an argument
  • You must love to read. That is the first and most important quality when choosing to study English Literature.

Course Content

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages (40%)

Time: 3 hours

75 marks

Open book for Section C ONLY

Section A: Shakespeare: Othello

Section B: Unseen Poetry

Section C: Jane Eyre and AQA Poetry Anthology


Paper 2: WW1 and its Aftermath (40%)

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

75 marks

Open book

Section A: Scars Upon My Heart Poetry Anthology

Section B: Unseen Prose

Section C: Regeneration and My Boy Jack

+ NEA @ 2,500 words (20%)


Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 80% Coursework 20%
  • Assessor AQA Spec A
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 5+ in English Language. 6+ in English Literature GCSE.
  • Online Learning Materials OneNote

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