English Literature A Level

Level Three
Exam Board: AQA
Assessment: 80% Exam and 20% Coursework

Course Content

Aspects of Tragedy

  • Shakespeare – Othello
  • Drama – Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  • Prose – Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing

  • Poetry Pre-1900 – Songs of Innocence & Experience by William Blake
  • Further Text – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Post 2000 prose – The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  • Theory and Independent Study – Coursework

Why Study English Literature?

  • If you like to read, English Literature is for you. Across the two years you will study up to 13 texts.  A wide selection of texts from the literary canon.
  • You can never be wrong. Different and multiple interpretations of novels are encouraged in English.
  • When studying other works of English literature. You can learn about allusions and references to different aspects of English and other cultures.
  • An enjoyment and appreciation of Literature will give you the ability to develop this into an interest in books and reading, thus improving your information retrieval skills for other examinations.
  • Through studying English Literature, students can support their other subject choices. You study aspects of language such as vocabulary items but also that language can be used for specific and aesthetic purpose.

Why choose The Deanery?

  • Small class sizes help your teachers support you.
  • Very friendly teachers who are always willing to help.
  • Central location for travel from all areas.
  • Outstanding pastoral care.
  • The Deanery 6th Form is like a family: supportive, nurturing and caring.
  • Teachers are all qualified and experienced, with many being examiners for the English Literature specification.

What could this subject lead to?

This course could lead the way and support applications for a variety of University courses, such as: English Literature, English Language, Creative Writing, Marketing, Media and Law amongst others.