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English Literature A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the A Level exams at the end of their A Level Course.

Students study a minimum of nine texts: consisting of at least one Shakespeare play, further drama texts, poetry texts, prose texts and Critical Anthology issued by the exam board.

Course content

Literary Genres

Written exam: 2 hour 30 minutes (closed book) Weighting: 40% of A level
- Section A: will involve one passage-based question on a Shakespeare text - Othello.
- Section B: will involve one essay question on a Shakespeare set text - Othello.
- Section C: will involve one essay question linking two texts
- In Literary Genres, the texts are connected through a mainstream literary genre:
- EITHER Aspects of Tragedy OR Aspects of Comedy.
- Tragedy and Comedy have a long tradition in literature, with their origins in the Ancient World and with a specific emphasis on drama.

Texts and genres

In contrast to the literary genres of tragedy and comedy, the texts are grouped together as having elements of more modern genres: either crime writing or political and social protest writing. These genres, which are heavily influenced by culture, are continually evolving.

Students study THREE texts: ONE post-2000 prose text, ONE poetry and ONE further text, one of which must be written pre-1900.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - B
At least Level 6 in English Literature
At least Level 6 in English Language


Written exam: 3 hours (open book)
Weighting: 40% of A level
Section A: compulsory question on unseen passage
Section B: one essay question on a set text
Section C: one essay question which connects two texts

Non-Examined Assessment – Theory and Independence

Assessed by teachers Moderated by AQA
Weighting: 20% of A-level

- Study of two texts: ONE poetry and ONE prose text, informed by study of the Critical Anthology
- Production of two essays of 1250 -1500 words, each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical Anthology

AQA’s assessment structure has been designed to achieve a balance between rigour, reliability and demands on candidates.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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