English Literature A Level

About the Course

English Literature at A level gives students the opportunity to study literature through the lens of historicism, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context, giving logic and meaning to the way that texts are grouped for study. This unifying approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of wider reading, thus extending students' experience and appreciation of literature. Offering clear progression from GCSE, these courses allow students to build in the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps. The variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single-text questions, multiple-text questions, and open - and closed - book approaches allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate, and undertake independent research, which are valuable for both further study and future employment.

Exam Board

AQA English Literature A. Examination 80%. Independent critical study 20%


Level 5 in English literature or English language.

Course Content

Paper 1: Love through the ages. Paper 2: Texts in shared contexts. Non-examination assessment: Texts across time.

Beyond the Classroom

Students will need to read widely from the reading list. They will have the opportunity to join the literature reading group and take part in university days.

Your Future

English Literature develops critical understanding and analytical skills. It is highly thought of by universities and stands well alongside other analytical A level subjects.

Contact Department

Staff Contact: Mrs L Hallam
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