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English Literature - A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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


The value of studying English Literature lies in its breadth of contribution to your development: the personal, intellectual, social and emotional spheres of your life will all be affected beneficially

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Course Content
Paper 1 – Love Through the Ages 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 (one pre and one post 1900 text including an anthology of love poetry)
(25 marks) Paper 2 - Texts in shared contexts - Modern times: 
Literature from 1945 to the present day- A Streetcar Named Desire
YEAR 13 Paper 2 Section A Set texts. One essay question on set text (25 marks). 
Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day.
Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000 Section B 
Contextual linking.
One compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks).
One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
None-exam assessment: independent critical study; texts across time.
Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900

How will it be delivered?

Assessment Paper 1: written exam: 3 hour Open book in Section C only 75 marks 40% of total A-level Paper 2: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes Open book 75 marks 40% of total  A-level Non-exam assessment One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography Assessed 50 marks 20% of A-level Assessed by teachers Moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission to the Sixth Form:
  • A grade 5 in Mathematics, with a 6 preferred.
  • A grade 5 in English Language or English Literature, with a 6 preferred.
  • Achieving at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 6 or above.
Subject specific requirement:
  • Grade 6 in English Literature

Your next steps...

Career Opportunities The qualities of thought, understanding, perception and sensitivity which are gained, allied to disciplined yet lively communication skills, are valuable assets for a wide range of future careers or Higher Education courses.


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