AQA AS and A Level English Literature

SFcopy24At Advanced Level in English we develop many of the skills that students have acquired at GCSE but in far greater depth. We hope to inspire and develop students’ interest and enjoyment of literature through reading a range of texts and through encouraging their individual and original interpretations of them. This course provides students with an opportunity to study a subject that is held in high academic regard, but which may also be a personal passion or interest.

The study of English Literature at this level offers personal enrichment and a potential pathway to further/higher study and rewarding future careers. Students can expect to be given strong individual support to achieve their maximum potential on this course, as well as active, effective and student-centred classroom learning. AS English Literature will provide students with an introduction to the discipline of advanced literary studies and will present opportunities for reading widely as well as for making creative and well informed responses to each of the major literary genres.

Students will study a wide variety of poetry, prose and drama, sitting AS examinations to demonstrate that they understand form and language, different interpretations of texts, the way texts relate to one another and the contexts in which they are written and read. Students will continue to develop their critical and analytical skills at A Level whilst broadening their knowledge of prose, drama and poetry. There are further examinations at the end of the A Level course with an additional coursework unit which introduces students to literary criticism and theoretical debates.

Students can expect to study some of the following pieces of literature:

  • William Shakespeare: Othello, King Lear
  • Arthur Miller: Death of a Salesman
  • William Shakespeare: Richard II
  • Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby
  • Thomas Hardy: Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Thomas Hardy: selected poems
  • John Keats: selected poems
Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hamilton
Assessment: Coursework and exams
Additional entry requirements: 2 Grade 6s in GCSE English Language and Literature
Suggested combinations: History, Geography