What Will I Study?
Paper 1 – Aspects of Tragedy
Students study two texts including one drama from the following list. At least one of the texts must be written pre-1900.
Possible texts include Shakespeare’s Othello, Richard II and King Lear, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, poetry by Keats, the AQA Poetry Anthology, Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
Paper 2 - Texts and Genres: Elements of Crime Writing
Students study three texts from the following list: one post-2000 prose text, one pre-1900 poetry text and one further text.
Choice of texts includes: Kate Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News? Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
Non-exam assessment: Theory and Independence
Study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by study of the Critical anthology
At least Grade 5 in English Language and English Literature GCSE.
A genuine enthusiasm for reading – you’re going to need to do a lot of it, not only set texts but a wide range of background material!
Paper 1 – written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, closed book, 40% of A level
Paper 2 – written exam: 3 hours, open book, 40% of A level
Non-exam assessment – 20% of A level, assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA
Law, journalism, public relations, advertising, teaching, theatre and any careers that require you to organise your thoughts and read beyond the surface of things!