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English Literature AS/A Level (AQA) at Benton Park School

Course description

Literary Genres: Aspects of Tragedy in prose, poetry and drama.  

Texts and Literary Genres: a range of poetry, prose and drama.  

The AS course has a specific focus on Tragedy as a genre

Entry requirements

Access to the Sixth Form is based on prior academic achievement, behaviour and attendance records. Students must attain at least 5 A* - C grades including English and Maths. Some subjects may have specific criteria.


At AS, two exams each worth 50% of the course

Paper 1 (closed book): Aspects of Tragedy in Drama. One question on Othello and one on Death of a Salesman.

Paper 2 (open book): Aspects of Tragedy in Prose and Poetry. One question on The Great Gatsby and one question on poetry by John Keats.  

If continued to A Level your grade will be achieved from two exams each worth 40% of the course and two pieces of coursework worth 20% overall.

Paper 1 (closed book): Aspects of Tragedy in Drama, Prose and Poetry. Othello, Death of a Salesman and poetry by John Keats.

Paper 2 (open book): Elements of Crime Writing or Elements of Social Protest writing. Study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry and one further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Non-exam assessment: Two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text (one prose and one poetry) and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology. One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied by a commentary

Future opportunities

English Literature is a subject which is very well regarded by Higher Education institutions and, because it is the study of the language used across the United Kingdom and beyond, it complements any educational course that a student might follow and provides a new perspective on most professions.

It is widely accepted for careers in teaching, journalism, the media, social work, marketing and publicity and many more.

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: 10 December 2015
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