English Literature

This course offers a wonderful opportunity to explore how language works on many levels and ways – both in ‘real life’ and in literature.

Language choices of a writer to make meaning in what we read. Our language is full of literary features and our literature would collapse without its linguistic frameworks. This course builds on the skills you have developed while studying GCSE English Language and enables you to harness the knowledge – past, present and future – of the power of the written and spoken word.  You will study a range of texts, both literary and nonfiction, as well as spoken language, within frameworks such as phonology and phonetics and contexts of production and reception.

Paper 1: Love through the ages. 

study of three texts, one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. 
(written exam: 3 hours, open book for section 3 only, 75 marks, 40%)

Paper 2: Texts in shared context.

Choice of two options Option 2A: WW1 and its aftermath

Option 2B: 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 Exam will include an unseen extract
(written exam: 2.5 hours, open book, 75 marks, 40%)


Non-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. One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography

(50 marks, 20% of A-level,  assessed by teachers,  moderated by AQA)