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A Level English Literature

A Level English Literature

UAH students follow a rich and exciting course which is designed to build upon existing skills attained at GCSE as well as providing an excellent basis for studying English at university.  At the heart of the course is an exploration of literary genre and critical analysis, through a range of stimulating and challenging texts from Shakespeare to contemporary novels.

Course Outline AQA Specification B

Literary Genres 40%

Aspects of Tragedy

This unit is assessed by a two and half hour closed book written examination of the study of three texts including pre 1900 drama:

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

Texts and Genres 40%

Elements of Crime Writing

This unit is assessed by a three hour open book examination of the study of three texts including one post 2000 text:

  • When will there be good news? Kate Atkinson
  • Brighton Rock Graham Greene
  • The Poetry of George Crabbe, Robert Browning and Oscar Wilde

Theory and Independence 20%

The unit is assessed by two coursework essays of between 1250-1500 words through the study of two texts, (one poetry and one prose) and informed by an understanding of a range of critical theories:

  • Narrative theory
  • Feminist theory
  • Marxist theory
  • Eco-critical theory
  • Post-colonial theory
  • Literary Value and the Canon

A love of reading and 5 GCSE's A*-C which should include at least grade B in both GCSE English Language and English Literature.

  • Media and journalism.
  • Publishing.
  • Teaching and academic careers.
  • Advertising, marketing and PR.
  • Careers in the public sector.
  • Careers in law.
  • Business, accounting and finance