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English Literature

Entry Requirements

C grade or above in either English, English Language or English Literature

Course Content

Paper 1 – Literary genres : Aspects of Tragedy – Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.

Students in year 12 2015-16 have studied  Shakespeare’s Othello; Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urberville’s

Paper 2 - Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing - Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900. Examination will include an unseen passage.

  • Non-examination assessment (coursework)

Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology

Two essays of 1250–1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology


Paper 1 – Assessed written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; closed book; 75 marks; 40% of A-level

  • Paper 2 –Assessed  written exam: 3 hours; open book; 75 marks; 40% of A-level:

Section A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)

Section B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)

Section C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)

Non-examination assessment (coursework)  - 50 marks; 20% of A-level; assessed by teachers; moderated by AQA

Career Pathways

English opens a wide variety of careers as well as opportunity for further study at University Degree level. Career opportunities include: journalism; marketing; librarian; editorial work; teaching; public relations officer; management; media industry… to name but a few.


Theatre trips; university style lectures.