English Literature A Level at Thomas Gainsborough School
Paper 1 – Aspects of Tragedy
Students study two texts including one drama from the following list. At least one of the texts must be written pre-1900.
Possible texts include Shakespeare’s Othello, Richard II and King Lear, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, poetry by Keats, the AQA Poetry Anthology, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.Paper 2 - Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing
Students study three texts from the following list: one post-2000 prose text, one pre-1900 poetry text and one further text.
Choice of texts includes: Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology
At least Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature GCSE.
A genuine enthusiasm for reading – you’re going to need to do a lot of it, not only set texts but a wide range of background material!
Paper 1 – written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, closed book, 40% of A level
Paper 2 – written exam: 3 hours, open book, 40% of A level
Non-exam assessment – 20% of A level, assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA
Law, journalism, public relations, advertising, teaching, theatre and any careers that require you to organise your thoughts and read beyond the surface of things!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Gainsborough School directly.