English Literature
Year 12 and 13
Course GCE A Level English Literature
Exam Board/Syllabus AQA – 2740 Specification A
Grade Equivalences A*-E

Course Entry Requirements

In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in English language and English Literature. Recommended grade 5.
Assessment Route

Paper 1 (180 minute exam) 75 marks 40% of final grade

Paper 2 (150 minute exam) 75 marks 40% of final grade

Paper 3 (Coursework) 50 marks 20% of final grade

This course aims to develop your interest and enjoyment of English Literature through reading widely, critically and independently, across centuries, genres and genders. You will explore alternative views about texts and come to more convincing interpretations as a result. As a discursive subject, debate in lessons is an important way that you will form opinions about texts. The course’s aim is for you to be critical, so the most significant skill you will develop is how to construct logical and coherent written arguments. You will develop as an informed, independent reader, reaching an understanding of meaning through the close study of texts, learned knowledge of contexts and a consideration of other possible meanings.

Paper 1 – 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.

Exam will include two unseen poems.

Paper 2 – Texts in shared contexts:

Option 2B: Modern times – 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.

Exam will include an unseen extract.

Paper 3 – Independent critical study – texts across time

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of them must have been written pre-1900.

One extended essay (2,500 words) and a bibliography.


Learning strategies:

  • Discussion and seminar work
  • Presentations
  • Note making and consolidation
  • Mini-essays
  • Longer, exploratory essays
  • Language analysis work
  • Text transformation
  • Use of ICT resources
  • Educational visits/trips
  • Independent reading and study

Super Curricular Activities


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