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English Literature AS/A Level ( AQA ) at Allerton High School

Course description

A Level English Literature has an excellent reputation as an academic and challenging subject. An AS/A Level in English Literature proves that you have good analytical and interpretive skills. It tells employers and universities that you have the skills to present a written argument


Course content

Year 12 Unit 1: Aspects of Tragedy (Exam)

Close analysis of the tragic genre in two drama texts from different eras.

Section A: Shakespeare's Othello

Section B: Miller's Death of a Salesman

Year 12 Unit 2: Literary Genres

Section A: Romanic Poetry: A selection of the Poetry of John Keats.

Section B: Classic Prose Novels: Either Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbevilles or Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

Year 13 Unit 3: Texts and Genres: Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing

Three sections:

- Section A - Analysis of an unseen passage within the Political/Social protest writing genre.

- Section B - Essay question on single study text (Tony Harrison, Charles Dickens or Khaled Hussaini).

- Section C - Essay comparing two of the Social/Political protests texts.

Year 13 Unit 4: Further and Independent Reading

Two pieces of independently researched and devised coursework:

- A response to a work of poetry of the students own choice but linked to a literary theory presented in the AQA Critical Anthology.

- A response to a work of prose of the students own choice but linked to a different theory presented in the AQA Critical Anthology.


Entry requirements

It is essential that you achieve a Grade 6 in English Language and English Literature.  In addition you should also have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or equivalent including Maths.



The course is assessed by two examinations and a 2000-4000 word length coursework element.

Future opportunities

If you decide to go on to higher education and you have other qualifications, you could take a degree in subjects such as:-


English, English Literature, Law, Politics, Media, Journalism, Education

English Literature will prepare you for a future career in many fields, eg Education, Journalism, Law, Media, Advertising.



Further information

For further information please contact Mr Clark at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

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: 13 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770