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English Literature A level at Beechwood School

Course description

This specification is suitable for a considerable range of students and it offers teachers and students a great deal of choice. It definitely encourages students to develop their interest in English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently. Texts in the three main forms, prose, poetry and drama, range across centuries, genre and gender. Students are encouraged to become informed, independent readers of literary texts and gain an understanding of a variety of views about texts and how to read them.

Course content

Paper 1: Love through the ages

Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play. Exam will include two unseen poems


  • Written exam: 3 hours
  • Open book in Section C only
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A level

Paper 2: Tests in shared contexts

Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day

Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000. Exam will include an unseen extract.


  • Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Open book
  • 75 marks
  • 40% of A level

Non-exam assessment: Independent critical study: texts across time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre – 1900. One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography


  • 50 marks
  • 20% of A level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to higher education courses such as degrees in English, English Literature, Creative Writing or in related subjects such as Journalism, Media, Teaching, Drama and History.

The course can also be a stepping stone to a wide range of careers either directly related to English Language or Literature, such as an Editor, Writer, or in areas such as Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations, Arts, Administration, Record Offices, Libraries, National and Local Government and the Civil Service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years