A-Level English Literature
What Topics Will I Study?
The three areas of focus will be Love through the Ages; WW1 and its Aftermath and Texts across Time.
Paper One: Love through the Ages; 40% 3 hours; three texts – prose, poetry and Shakespeare play; open book in Section C only
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 – Open Book)
Paper Two: WW1 and its Aftermath – Texts in Shared Contexts; 40%; 2 hours and 30 minutes; three texts – prose, poetry and drama; open book
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) Coursework: Texts across Time; 20%; 2500 words
One comparative essay on two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900 (50 marks)
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What Grades do I Need at GCSE Level?
Apart from the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form you are expected to achieve at least a grade 6 in English Literature with a total of at least 11 points in English Literature and Language.
Why Study Literature? What Other Subjects Should I Study? What About Choices After A-Levels?
If you love reading and talking about books, if you love exploring the ways in which a writer can shape meaning and your response to characters and ideas, and if you love investigating how a text can reflect the period in which it was written and set, then English Literature is the subject for you.
It is a highly regarded, academic subject and the AQA course which you will follow provides an excellent basis for studying the subject at university. Equally, English Literature is an A-Level that sits comfortably with other Arts and Science subjects, so if your goal is to study a different area when in higher education, or to pursue a career post A-Level, you will still find Literature an engaging, rewarding and beneficial subject in its own right.