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English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


English Literature A encourages students to explore the relationships
that exist between texts and the contexts within which they are written, received and understood. Studying texts within a shared context enables students to investigate and connect them, drawing out patterns of similarity and difference using a variety of reading strategies and perspectives


Paper One: Love through the ages

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Examination will include two unseen poems. 


• Written exam: 3 hours

• open book in Section C only

• 75 marks

• 40% of A-level


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)

- Anthology of Love Poetry through the Ages: Pre-1900

- F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

Paper Two: Texts in shared contexts


Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day.

Examination will include an unseen prose extract


• Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• open book

• 75 marks

• 40% of A-level


Section A: Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks)

Study at least ONE of three texts:

- Poetry: Carol Ann Duffy - Feminine Gospel (post 2000)

Section B: Contextual linking

• one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks)

• one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

- Drama: Tennessee Williams - A Streetcar Named Desire

- Prose: Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale

Non-exam assessment (NEA): Independent critical study: texts across time

• Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900

• One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography


• 50 marks

• 20% of A-level

• assessed by teachers

• moderated by AQA





How will it be delivered?



Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6, in English and in other subjects to be studied at A level

A grade 7 in GCSE English prefered.

Your next steps...

English Literature is a requirement for entry to most “English” degree courses with a literature component. It is also a preferred subject for many other degrees.


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