A Level English Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code M1
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


AS/ A Level English Literature


You will be encouraged to develop a love of English Literature through a programme of wide, critical and independent reading of texts which span the centuries. You will become a more perceptive reader as you study and discuss texts from a range of genres and learn about the way writers use language, form and structure to manipulate meaning.

What skills and qualities do I need for the course? 

• Enthusiasm for independent reading 

• An interest in other historical periods and other cultures  

• Good written expression 

• Willingness to improve and listen to feedback 

• An ability to analyse texts  

• Enjoyment of debate and discussion  

How will it be delivered?

Paper One (40%)  
Paper 1: Love Through the Ages 

• Study of three texts: one poetry and one prose text, of which one must be written pre-1900, and one Shakespeare play.  
• Examination will include two unseen poems 
• 3 hour exam 
• Open book in Section C only 
• 75 marks 
• 40% of A level 
Section A: Shakespeare (Othello): one passage-based question with linked essay (no book) (25 marks) 
Section B: Unseen poetry: compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks) 
Section C: Comparing Texts: one essay question linking two texts (The Great Gatsby and two pre-1900 poems from anthology) (25 marks) 

Paper Two (40%)  

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts 

• Option 2B: Modern times: literature from 1945 to the present day 
• Study of three texts: one prose, one poetry, and one drama, of which one must be written post-2000.  
• Examination will include an unseen prose extract 
• 2 hours 30 mins exam 
• Open book 
• 75 marks 
• 40% of A level 
Section A: Set texts (Feminine Gospels, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire). One essay question on one set text (25 marks) 
Section B: Contextual linking: one compulsory question on an unseen extract (25 marks) and one essay question linking the two texts you didn’t write about in section A (25 marks) 

Non-Examined Assessment (20%) 

Comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900.  
One extended essay (2500 words) and bibliography 
• 50 marks 
• 20% of A level 
• Assessed by teachers  
• Moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

Minimum of a GCSE Grade 6 in English Language or English Literature. 


Your next steps...


A Level English can be used as part of the entry requirements for any degree course. People who study it often go on to careers in journalism, Law, teaching and business