English Literature A Level at Trinity Catholic High School
These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the A Level exams at the end of their A Level Course.
Students study a minimum of nine texts: consisting of at least one Shakespeare play, further drama texts, poetry texts, prose texts and Critical Anthology issued by the exam board.
Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes (closed book) Weighting: 40% of A level
- Section A: will involve one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text - Othello.
- Section B: will involve one essay question on a Shakespeare set text - Othello.
- Section C: will involve one essay question linking two texts
- In Literary Genres, the texts are connected through a mainstream literary genre:
- EITHER Aspects of Tragedy OR Aspects of Comedy.
- Tragedy and Comedy have a long tradition in literature, with their origins in the Ancient World and with a specific emphasis on drama.
Texts and genres
In contrast to the literary genres of tragedy and comedy, the texts are grouped together as having elements of more modern genres: either crime writing or political and social protest writing. These genres, which are heavily influenced by culture, are continually evolving.
Students study THREE texts: ONE post-2000 prose text, ONE poetry and ONE further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.
6 GCSE grades A* - B
At least Level 6 in English Literature
At least Level 6 in English Language
Written exam: 3 hours (open book)
Weighting: 40% of A level
Section A: compulsory question on unseen passage
Section B: one essay question on a set text
Section C: one essay question which connects two texts
Non-Examined Assessment – Theory and Independence
Assessed by teachers Moderated by AQA
Weighting: 20% of A-level
- Study of two texts: ONE poetry and ONE prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology
- Production of two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology
AQA’s assessment structure has been designed to achieve a balance between rigour, reliability and demands on candidates.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic High School directly.