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English Literature


English Literature will encourage an enjoyment and appreciation of close analytical reading with special attention paid to the historicity of texts: no text exists in isolation but is the product of the time and place in which it was produced. This course encourages students to debate and challenge the interpretations of other readers as they develop their own informed personal responses. Students will examine how a text was received in its own time and how it can be received now, within the belief that interpretation is not fixed, and multiple interpretations are possible.


AS English Literature
Stand alone qualification to be completed during Year 12.

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages – Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew) and Poetry (AQA anthology)
Paper 2: Love Through the Ages – Prose (Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights) and either F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or E.M. Forster’s A Room With a View)

A Level English Literature
A Level English Language is a two year course comprising three papers at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1: Love Through the Ages – Poetry (AQA anthology), prose (Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights) and either F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby or E.M. Forster’s (A Room With a View) and Shakespeare (The Taming of the Shrew)
Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts – World War I and its aftermath or Modern Times.
Paper 3 Independent Critical Study (coursework) selected by student with teacher advice i.e. Minds under Stress, The Gothic, Crime and Punishment, Satire and Dystopia.


Writing, Publishing, Media, Journalism, Business, Law, Education.

Exam Board: AQA

Key Staff

Mr Martin Old

Course Type

A Level

Course Category



2 years

Entry Requirements


Grade B or above at GCSE level.

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