English Literature (A Level)


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A Level

Examination Board



What Do I Need To Study This Course?

6 or above English Literature and 6 or above English Language.

What Will I Study?

Literary genres: Aspects of Tragedy
Students will study one Shakespeare text – Othello; a drama text – Death of A Salesman and a selection of Keats’ poetry.

Texts and genres: Elements of Social and Political writing.
Students study three texts:
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House and a Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake.

Non-exam Assessment – Theory and Independence – 2 pieces of coursework
Essays are 20% of the A Level, assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Paper 1 = 40%
Paper 2 = 40%
NEA = 20%

Examinations for Paper 1 and 2 marked externally by AQA, coursework for NEA assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA.

What Next?

Degree level entry to study English Literature or other subjects such as: History, Law, Journalism, Publishing, Communication Studies, Marketing, Sociology, Psychology, Drama and Theatre Studies.

Careers: Digital copywriter, Editorial assistant, Solicitor, English as a foreign language teacher, Lexicographer, Magazine journalist, Newspaper journalist, Publishing copy-editor/proofreader, Web content Manager, Marketing, Public Relations, Writer…the list goes on…

Why Study English Literature (A Level)?