A-Level English Literature

What Will I learn?

Component 1 – Aspects of Tragedy: 40% of A Level
One Drama text – King Lear
One Drama text for comparison – Death of a Salesman
One Poetry text for comparison – Keats selection

Component 2 – Elements of Political and Social Protest Writing: 40% of A Level
Post-2000 novel – The Kite Runner (Hosseini)
Poetry Text – Songs of Innocence and Experience (Blake)
Novel for Comparison – The Handmaid’s Tale (Attwood)

How Am I Assessed?

Component 1Task 1 – Shakespeare extract
Task 2 – whole Shakespeare play
Task 3 – comparison of two texts
2 hours 30 min
written exam
3 tasks worth 25 marks each
50 minutes per question
Closed book
Component 2Section A – one compulsory unseen question
Section B – one essay question on a set text
Section C – one essay question which connects two texts
2 hours 30 min
written exam
Three hour open book (clean
copy) question paper with 3
1 hour per question
Component 3One text must be poetry, one text must be prose
Each text must be linked to a different section of the
AQA Critical Anthology
Word count for each piece – 1250-1500
20% of A Level
Two pieces of work, each on
a different literary text

What Career Options Do I Have?

  • Teacher
  • Lecturer
  • Screenwriter
  • Writer
  • Publishing
  • Journalism and media
  • Advertising and PR

Examination Board: AQA