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English Literature A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

English Literature is suited to those students who love and appreciate novels, plays and poems. Studying this subject you will be given the opportunity to compare the ways in which stories are told and you will also be encouraged to consider the ways in which texts can be subjected to different types of critical approaches.

Course content

We follow the AQA specification, an examination board which is well known for its rigour and academic standards.

AS- Aspects of Tragedy

For AS, you will study Aspects of Tragedy which includes the study of four texts; two plays (one will be Shakespeare) one poetry text and one novel. You will undertake two exams, each one and a half hours long. One of the exams will be open book the other closed book.

A-Level – Aspects of Tragedy You will revise the plays and poetry from AS and sit a closed book exam which will be two and a half hours long. Elements of Crime This includes the study of a minimum of three texts, at least one novel and one poetry text. The texts include one post-2000 and one pre-1900. There will be a three hour examination.

Coursework- Theory and Independent Reading There is a coursework element, comprising of further and independent reading which you will present in a two stage portfolio of work. This will involve the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose, informed by the study of the Critical Anthology. You will then produce two essay s of 1250-1500 words, each responding to a different text and inking to a different aspect of the critical anthology. This course gives students an excellent grounding in appreciating and critically examining different aspects of literature.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above (including English Literature and English Language at grade B



Paper 1 Aspects of Tragedy- Written Exam: 1.5 hours

Paper 2 Aspects of Tragedy- Written Exam: 1.5 hours


Paper 1 Aspects of Tragedy- Written Exam: 2.5 hours

Paper 2 Elements of Crime Writing – Written Exam:3 hours

Coursework Theory and Independent Reading- Coursework

Future opportunities

A-Level English Literature is excellent preparation for degrees in English Literature. It would also help students succeed in Media related degrees or further study, and subjects like history, where essay writing skills are imperative. Students invariably move into careers like teaching, journalism and the media and in industry related careers like Law, PR and marketing where copy writing skills come to the fore. This is a good all-round subject to pursue for careers which require sound English writing skills.

Further information

This course will provide an excellent grounding in aspects of literature and theory. Course leaders are enthusiastic, supportive and committed to the success of their students in this subject. A range of opportunities are available to enhance the study of literature such as trips to the theatre to watch plays and an introduction to university lectures based on English Literature. If you need further guidance on the course, then you can feel free to ask your GCSE English teacher, or come and visit us at the Sixth Form Open Evening in the October of the year before you commence your A level courses.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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