This subject develops skills and knowledge already gained from GCSE which are invaluable for future studies and employment. It extends students’ appreciation of literature, allowing for a deeper appreciation of genre, literary analysis and a discussion of a range of literary and non-literary ideas offered through texts. It is ideal for those who love reading and discussing a range of texts from a variety of authors, eras and styles, as well as students with an interest in the history and psychology of language.
Students study a range of literature under the theme of ‘Texts In Shared Context’ – modern literature from 1945 – which consists of a text from each genre of poetry, prose and drama as well as the study of unseen poetry and prose. Students will begin Unit Three, which is the Independent Critical Study, an extended essay (2,500 words), worth 20% of the A Level, which is teacher assessed.
The study of ‘Love Through The Ages’ consists of one Shakespeare text selected from a set list plus the AQA Anthology of ‘Love Poetry Through The Ages’ (Post-1900). There is also the study of a prose text.
Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature or Language is essential.
English Literature is ideal for those intending to progress to further study in English Language or English Literature and for courses and careers such as teaching, journalism, publishing, law and other aspects of writing.