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AS English Literature

Course Accreditation: AS LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE    

Examining Board: AQA

Method of Assessment
Written Examination


Course Content

In this course, students explore genre and the way in which this acts as a framework to texts, their contexts and interpretation. You should select this course if you enjoy interpreting texts and developing a range of alternate approaches to poetry, prose and drama as part of your Literature GCSE. English Literature takes a holistic approach to exploring texts and the periods that produce them, as well as encouraging students to question their default approaches to literature.


The A Level course is structured as follows:


Unit 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hours 30 minutes examination)

  • Section A: Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ (passage based question)
  • Section B: Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’ (open essay question)
  • Section C: Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Hardy’s ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’


Unit 2: Elements of Political and Social Protest (3 hour examination)

  • Section A: Exploring an unseen prose, poetry or drama passage and the significance of social and political protest.
  • Section B: Hosseini’s ‘The Kite Runner’
  • Section C: Blake’s ‘Songs of Innocence and Experience’ and Dickens’ ‘Hard Times’


Unit 3: Theory and Independence (non-exam assessment)

  • Students produce a portfolio of two pieces of coursework that offer interpretations of a poetry text and one further choice of their own.
  • They will develop this through critical perspectives and a critical anthology.
  • One piece may be a recreative response to a text, accompanied by a commentary.
  • This portfolio should total 3000 words.


Lesson style
The lessons will mainly consist of group discussion and close study of set texts but these 
will be augmented by student presentations

Time Allocation: 4 hours per week


Private Study Requirement
Students should be prepared to read independently around their set texts and to peruse 
wider reading from a recommended list. Essays and research tasks will also be set on a 
regular basis


Extra Curricular Opportunities

Advisable for the following careers
Highly regarded by all employers and universities


Good Combination With
All A Level subjects


Link Tutors: Dr G Watson