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English Literature

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This is a challenging and thought-provoking course that gives students the opportunity to develop their interest in and enjoyment of literature across the centuries. Students will develop their skills of literary analysis, as well as their ability to write in a structured and coherent way. Students will be encouraged to compare and reflect on texts from a range of genres, including poetry, prose and drama. Skills of independent learning, discussion and analytical writing will be promoted.

COURSE CONTENT: AQA A-Level English Literature

Paper 1: Literary Genres (Aspects of Tragedy)
(2 ½ hour exam)

You will study one Shakespeare play, another drama text and one additional text, focusing on authorship and aspects of tragedy as above. The exam is closed book, with one extract-based question, and one broader thematic question, and a comparison of two texts.


Paper 2 – Option B: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing
(3 hours)

This unit will involve the study of three texts concerned with oppression and domination in society, including one post-2000 text, one poetry collection and a pre-1900 text. The exam is open-book and comprises one unseen passage, one single text analysis and one comparison.


Non-Exam Assessment: Theory and Independence

This is a coursework module that requires students to produce a portfolio of two pieces of work, both which will be a critical reading of a text using supporting material from a pre-released critical anthology. Each piece of writing will be 1200-1500 words in length.


Career Possibilities

An Advanced Level in this subject provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of university courses, including English Literature, Law, Medicine, Psychology and Media Studies, and an even larger number of careers in the areas of creative arts, media and teaching.


GCSE Grade Profile

Students who wish to study this subject will normally achieve a Grade 6, but in exceptional circumstances a 5 will be considered with the permission of the Subject Leader of English.

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