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English Literature A level at QE Academy Trust

Course description

The late great Seamus Heaney once said the ‘the imaginative transformation of the world is the means by which we can best understand it’ ‒ it is this process that we aim to teach through English Literature.

Course content

AS Level
The focus of this course is a historicist approach – studying a range of Literature written at different time periods. These texts are thematically linked through the topic ‘Love through the Ages’. This involves the study of a Shakespeare play (currently ‘Othello’) a range of prose texts from the 19th and 20th Centuries and a collection of poetry from different time periods.

The A Level course consolidates your knowledge of the ‘Love through the Ages’ theme. We go on to explore a variety of contextual issues in a unit entitled Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day where we explore prose, play and poetry texts exploring issues such as the impact of society on a person’s identity.  

Entry requirements

Candidates, as well as needing a minimum of 5 C grades at GCSE, should have good English skills ‒ grade C in GCSE English Language and Literature at the very least, but preferably a B.


AS Level
2 x 1 hour 30 minute exams  
Paper 1: Love through the Ages: Shakespeare and poetry
Shakespeare: One passage based question with linked essay; Poetry: One question on printed poem from anthology.  
Paper 2: Love through the Ages: Prose.
Unseen prose: One compulsory question on an unseen prose extract; Prose: one question comparing two prose texts.

A level

2 x exams (Paper 1 ‐ 3 hours; Paper 2‐ 2hours 30 minutes)  
Paper 1 – Love through the Ages
Section A‐ Shakespeare; Section B – Unseen Poetry; Section C – comparing prose and poetry studied.
Paper 2 – Section A – one question on set text; Section B – 2 parts; one question on an unseen text; one essay comparing 2 texts studied.  

NEA – Non Exam assessment worth 20% Students will complete a 2500 word comparative essay on two texts written at different time periods 

Further information

It fits with any course. Some obvious connections are found with English Language, Film Studies, History, Modern Languages, Sociology and Philosophy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact QE Academy Trust directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2015
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