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

Entry Requirements

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!

Assessment

A Level

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

Where Next?

Law, journalism, public relations, advertising, teaching, theatre and any careers that require you to organise your thoughts and read beyond the surface of things!