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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 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  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-examination 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.