Accessibility links

English Literature A-Level at Treviglas Community College

Course description

This course allows you to develop your understanding of, and express your passion for, the rich heritage of English literature. The AS course is based around the theme of love through the ages, while the A-Level builds upon this theme with the additional focus upon texts in context.  You will also be able to develop your own appreciation of English literature through an independent critical study of texts across time.

Is this the course for me?

If you love reading, this is the course for you!  You will develop a vast range of skills, appreciation and enthusiasm for literature but, in particular, the course aims to:

  • develop a critical and independent voice when reading and studying literature and appreciate and evaluate the readings of others
  • develop wider reading across centuries, genre and gender, and experience an extensive range of texts
  • develop the skills and qualities that can be applied to a range of contexts in adult and working life.

Course content


Subject content

Core content:

Literary genres


Aspects of Tragedy

Aspects of Comedy


A Level Core content:

Literary genres

Texts and genres

Theory and independence


Aspects of tragedy

Aspects of comedy

Elements of Crime Writing

Elements of political and social protest writing

Entry requirements

GCSE English at a B grade or above.


AS Level



  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • closed book
  • 50 marks
  • 50% of AS level


Section A: one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text (25 marks)

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

A-level Assessments



  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • closed book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A-level


Section A: one passage-based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)

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

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

Paper 2: Texts and genres

What’s 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)


What’s assessed    Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical AnthologyTwo essays of 1250–1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical anthology.


  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • assessed by teachers
  • moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

As well as gaining a love and insight into the world of literature, English Literature A Level opens up a huge number of university and career choices.  Possible career choices include: work within the media, publishing, law, teaching, social work, advertising, marketing, public relations, civil service and library services.  Perhaps most importantly, English Literature develops the skill of critical thinking, which is invaluable to employers and can be transferred into a huge variety of situations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Treviglas Community College directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

Key information