EnglishLitQRThe Course

A Level English Literature is a fascinating course, designed to engage the heart and soul, as well as the mind. The texts we study span over five centuries and three continents, and will present you with a variety of mature ideas and perspectives on life, emanating from stories of passion and drama.

The course offers students the opportunity to explore a range of texts and literary criticisms expanding and developing knowledge gained at GCSE. Lessons will involve a variety of learning strategies including group investigations, teacher and student-led presentations, close analysis and discussions, and video interpretations of some texts. The course consists of three units.

Unit 1: Aspects of Tragedy:

  • In this unit we will study what drives the individual to overcome or fall victim to human flaws, family life and social circumstances. Texts include:
    • King Lear by William Shakespeare
    • Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
    • Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
    • Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake

Unit 2: Political and Social Protest:

  • This unit examines how writers challenge social conventions, as they explore cultural values and how they affect the individual.
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Unit 3: Theory and Independence:

  • The coursework unit is completed over both Year 12 and 13 encourages students to view texts through different perspectives: for example, feminist, Marxist, eco-critical or a range of narrative viewpoints. You’ll study the AQA Critical Anthology and work by two writers: a novel and a selection of poems.


2 Exams
Paper 1 40% 2 hours 30 minutes – assesses unit 1
Paper 2 40% 3 hours – assesses unit 2
Non examined assessment (NEA) 20% - unit 3
Your teachers will guide you through the options for your NEA during Year 12.

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Literature grade 5
  • GCSE English Language grade 5

Careers & Higher Education

English Literature A Level provides an excellent training for any employment or area of interest involving communication, such as teaching, journalism, creative writing and publishing. In addition, it provides a very useful background to further study in English, media, theatre, education, speech therapy, law, psychology and sociology.

Further Advice & Information

Mr Poole, Head of English Faculty and Ms Snowling.


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