English Literature

Exam Board: AQA

STRUCTURE OF COURSE

This award is a two year A Level qualification.

Component 1

Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy

(Examination 40% of the total qualification)  

Component 2

Texts and Genres – Elements of Crime Writing

(Examination - 40% of the total qualification)

Component 3

Theory and Independence

(Coursework – 20% of the total qualification)

ASSESSMENT

Component 1

Two hours and 30 minute exam assessed at the end of the two year course in the summer term.

Component 2

Three hour exam assessed at the end of the two year course in the summer term.

Component 3

Two pieces of coursework – created through the lens of a particular set or sets of critical theory. 

CONTENT

Component 1 - Literary Genres – Aspects of Tragedy

One Shakespeare tragedy, one pre-1900 text and one modern drama text. 

Currently: Othello, Keats’ selected poetry and Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Component 2 - Elements of Crime Writing

One post 2000 prose text, one pre 1900 poetry text and one further text.

Currently: McEwan’s Atonement, Crabbe, Browning and Wilde poetry, Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Component 3 – Theory and Independence

Student selected texts and tasks under guidance of teacher – students must study one prose and one poetry text.

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

Law, Teaching, Publishing, Acting, Journalism, Accountancy, Marketing, Politics – an A Level in Literature will compliment any career path you wish to follow!  

COMPLIMENTARY SUBJECTS

English Literature, Sociology, History, Geography, Psychology, Government & Politics, Business Studies and MFL.