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A Level English

A Level English

A Level English Literature

EXAM BOARD

AQA

OVERVIEW

AQA SPECIFICATION A

*Please note that these text choices are provisional and that your class teacher may choose to teach something slightly different*

You will be studying 3 units overall.

Love Through The Ages

  • Three hour written exam, worth 40% of A level

(Studied in Year 12; mock exam at the end of year 12 will be a full Love Through the Ages 3 hour paper)

Study of three texts: The Taming of the Shrew or another play by Shakespeare, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte or another pre-1900 novel, and post-1900 poetry anthology. Examination will also include two unseen poems.

Modern Times: Literature From 1945 to the Present Day

  • 2.5 hour written exam, worth 40% of A level

(Studied in Year 13)

Study of three texts: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or another novel, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams or another play, and Feminist Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy or another post-2000 text

Coursework: Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

  • One extended essay, worth 20% of A level

(Begun in Year 12, completed in Year 13)

Comparative critical study of two texts of your choice, one of which must have been written pre-1900

The Assessment Objectives (AO)

  • AO1: Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression.
  • AO2: Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.
  • AO3: Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received.
  • AO4: Explore connections across literary texts.
  • AO5: Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations.