Qualification Name

  • A Level English Literature 

Examination Board

  • AQA

Course information

The study of English Literature is essentially a study of humanity. Writers throughout the ages have dealt with the same basic human concerns, ideals and emotions; students of literature investigate the cultural contexts that form the background to the texts, whilst analysing the ways in which the writers communicate emotionally and intellectually with the reader today. The subject requires an open mind, an eagerness to enter into debate (with the texts, the teacher and with fellow students), the ability to write structured essays, and, of course, an enjoyment of reading. The subject aims to develop the analytical and critical faculties of students, to deepen their enjoyment of reading, and to encourage confident, fluent, reasoned argument both orally and in writing.


The key texts and topics we will cover include:
Paper One: Love Through The Ages (40%). This topic area will encourage students to explore aspects of a central literary theme as seen over time, using unseen material and set texts. Students will read widely in the topic area, reading texts from a range of authors and times such as Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ and a wide range of love poetry across different time periods. 
Paper Two: Texts in Shared Contexts - Option B - Modern Times (40%). We will explore a range of literature from the end of WW2 as a starting point and explore both modern and contemporary literature’s engagement with some of the social, political, personal and literary issues which have helped to shape the latter half of the 20th century and the early decades of the 21st century. Texts studied include: The Handmaid's Tale, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Feminine Gospels

NEA (Coursework) ‘Independent Critical study: texts across time‘ (20%). This consists of one extended essay of 2500 words exploring Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ and one other text of your choice.


Year 12

Study will include exploration of: 
• The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald 
• Othello – William Shakespeare 
• AQA Anthology of poetry – pre- 1900 Love Through The Ages collection 
• The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood 
• A Doll’s House - Henrik Ibsen


Year 13
Study will include exploration of: 
• Feminine Gospels – Carol Ann Duffy 
• Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Tennessee Williams 
• Revision of all texts 
• Creating NEA (coursework) comparing ‘A Doll’s House’ and one other text of your choice with guidance from your teacher