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English Literature AQA A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

The course provides a relevant, engaging and up-to-date specification that approaches the study of literature through the lens of historicism. The specification encourages independent study of a range of texts within a shared context. Studied consecutively the AS level and the A level create an understanding of English Literature that will deepen your knowledge and love of the subject.
During the course you will be given the opportunity to study Shakespearean plays, drama texts and other texts written pre-1900 and prose and poetry written post-2000. Your Theory and Independence module will study one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology. You will produce two essays each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative and will be accompanied by a commentary.

Course content

Learning Method:
In this course a variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, allowing students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research; all of which are valuable for both further study and for future employment.
The specification encourages the exploration of texts in a number of different ways:
• the study of literature within a specific genre
• the study of various texts, chosen from a set text list
• writing about texts in a number of different ways.

Entry requirements

  • 5 grade Cs or above at GCSE level, including a B or above in this subject.


A Level
Unit 1 Literary Genres (closed book) Written Exam 2hours 30 minutes 40% of A level
Unit 2 Texts and Genres (open Book) Written Exam 2 hours and 30 minutes 40% of A level
Unit 3 Theory and Independence Non exam assessment 2500-3000 words 20% of A level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Poynton High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016

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