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English Literature GCE Advanced Level at The Milton Keynes Academy

Course description

The aims and objectives of the AQA GCE Advanced Level English Literature are to enable students to:

  • Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology and coherent, accurate written expression
  • Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts
  • Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received
  • Explore connections across literary texts
  • Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations

Above all else, you must have a love of reading. The A level course will encourage you to develop your interest in and enjoyment of literary study as you:

  •  read widely and independently both set texts and those which you select engage critically and creatively with a substantial range of texts and explore new ways of responding to them
  • develop and effectively apply your knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation
  • explore the contexts of the texts you are reading and others’ interpretations of them

Course content

During the course, students will study for 3 assessed areas.

Paper One: 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. Examination will include two unseen poems.

Paper Two: Texts in Shared Contexts

Either WW1 and its aftermath or 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.

Non-Exam Assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must be written pre-1900. This will take the form of an extended essay of 2,500 words and a bibliography.

Entry requirements

5 or more A*-C grades (GCSE or BTEC equivalent) including a grade 4 in Maths and a grade 6 in English.


Paper 1: Love Through the Ages (40%)

  • Written examination: 3 hours
  •  75 marks divided equally between two questions

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts (40%)

  •  Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
  •  75 marks divided between two questions

Non-Exam Assessment: Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time (20%)

  • One extended essay of 2500 words plus bibliography
  • Internally assessed

Future opportunities

A Level Literature courses can lead to further study in Higher Education in a variety of English Language, Literature, Communication and Media courses.

A qualification in English Literature provides students with a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of writing is of key importance to students of English and can be applied in many other fields of work.

Careers associated with the study of English Literature include:

  • Media (journalism, publishing, TV and radio, events management)
  •  Influencing (advertising, public relations, marketing)
  • Teaching
  •  Library Services

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Milton Keynes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2016
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