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English literature

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Why study this subject?

It allows the student to read and analyse texts from a range of genres and times concentrating in Year 12 on Love Through the Ages.

Which Examination Board?

AQA English Literature A

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the full A Level.

You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

At AS two examinations, both 1 hour, 30 minutes.

At A Level two examinations one of 3 hours, the other of 2 hours 30 minutes, plus non examination assessment.

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12 (AS)

Component 1: 50%

  • Study of two texts: one Shakespeare play (Othello) and the AQA Anthology of pre-1900 love poetry through the ages.

Component 2: 50%

  • Study of two prose texts (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and either Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier) and unseen prose extracts.

Year 13 (A Level)

Component 1: Written Examination 3 hours 40%

  • Study of three texts: the AQA Anthology of pre-1900 love poetry through the ages and one prose text (The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and either Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte or Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier and one Shakespeare play Othello.
  • Examination will include two unseen poems.

Component 2: Written Examination 2 hours 30 minutes 40%

  • Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000 (set texts TBC). The examination will include an unseen extract.

Non-exam assessment – 20%

  • Independent critical study: texts across time. A comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.
  • One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography.

These are the texts currently taught but they may be subject to change.