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English Literature at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of English Literature aims to:

  • Develop a critical understanding of a wide range of classic and contemporary literature.
  • Explore the link between literature and the context in which it is written.
  • Encourage a profound enjoyment of literature in all its forms.
  • Increase appreciation of the English Literary Heritage, placing texts in the social and historical context in which they were written.

Course content

The new AQA English A level is a two year linear course assessed through exams and coursework at the end of the course.

Knowledge is gained through lectures, seminars, classroom discussion, student presentations, critical reading, journals, videos,  newspapers, dramatic interpretation, theatre and wide personal reading.

A love of reading is a requirement for this course.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.


Paper 1
Literary Genres

  • Aspects of Tragedy—the study of 3 texts: one Shakespeare;
  • a second drama text and one further text.
  • Written exam of 2hours 30 minutes closed book; 40% of A level

Paper 2
Texts and Genres:

  • Elements of Crime Writing or
  • Elements of Political Writing
  • Study 3 texts: one prose, one poetry and one further text
  • Written exam: 3 hours; Open book 75 marks; 40% of A Level

Non-exam Assessment: Theory and Independence

  • Study of two texts: one poetry and prose informed by the study of the Critical Anthology
  • Two course work essays 1250 –1500 words each; 50 marks; 20%of A level

Future opportunities

English Literature is a stimulating subject which is relevant to life today. It is a  recognised advanced level subject for entry into University and Higher Education and is useful to access further study in any of the arts.

English is relevant to those wishing to pursue courses in publishing, education, media and Advertising and teaching; it provides evidence of proficiency in self expression and a keen analytical mind.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oaklands Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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