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A-Level AQA English Literature

Who is this course for?

For enthusiastic readers, word lovers, poets and theatre enthusiasts, English Literature is the perfect choice. Studying literature feeds the imagination. It allows you to travel back in time, share the experiences of others, take on new perspectives, explore ideas, beliefs and values, challenge or discover your own and learn the literary skills to express yourself in original and creative ways through dialogue, argument, prose and poetry. The analytical, interpretative and discursive skills you develop by studying literature will also prove excellent preparation for university. A Level English Literature is a highly regarded qualification by universities

What will you learn?
For this course, students will explore texts from Aspects of Tragedy, Elements of Crime Writing, Poetry, Theory and Independence and Feminist theories. For each areas of text, students will explore various authors and their work to help build their knowledge and understanding of various elements of text.

What units will I study?

  • Literacy Genres: Aspects of Tragedy
  • Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing
  • Theory and Independence

Books you will study for this course include:

  • Othello- William Shakespeare
  • Death of a Salesman- Arthur Mellows
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy
  • When Will There Be Good News- Kate Atkinson


  • Peter Grimes- George Crabbe
  • The Laboratory- Robert Browning
  • My Last Duchess- Robert Browning
  • Porphyria’s Lover- Robert Browning
  • The Ballard of Reading Gaol- Oscar Wilde
  • Brighten Rock- Graham Greene

How long is this course?

All of our A-Level courses are two-year courses. 

How will I be assessed for this course?

For this subject, students will be assessed through examinations which will take place at the end of the second year of study. In addition to formal examinations, throughout the academic year, students will also undertake mock exams, which will also help to assess subject knowledge and prepare for formal examinations.

Students will learn in a supportive classroom environment for their studies. Students will also be able to undertake independent study as part of this course as lead by their class teacher.

What are the entry requirements for this course?

It is desired that students have gained, or working towards, a qualification at grade 6 or above in this subject or relevant subject at GCSE level, but this is not essential. Additionally students should have 5 GCSE's grades 4-9 including Maths and English.

Students must be aged 16-19 to study this course.

What can I go on to do after this course?

After completion of this course, students can progress into Higher Education to study any English-related degree.

Careers from this subject also include:

  • Digital Copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Web content manager or Social Media manager
  • Writer
  • Public relations officer
  • Information officer

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