English Literature

A LEVEL AQA BOARD

A Level

(80% Externally Assessed Exam, 20% Internally Assessed Coursework)
UNIT 1: ASPECTS OF TRAGEDY
Students study three texts: Othello by William Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and the poetry of John Keats. At the core of all the set texts is a tragic hero or heroine who is flawed in some way, who suffers and causes suffering o others, and in all texts there is an interplay between what might be seen as villains and victims.

UNIT 2: TEXTS AND GENRES
In contrast to the literary genre of tragedy, the texts for this unit are grouped together as having elements from the more modern genre of political and social protest writing. This genre, which is heavily influenced by culture, is continually evolving. Students study three texts: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake. All set texts foreground oppression and domination and they all look at the cultures we live in and have lived in over time. A crucial word in the title of this option is ‘Elements’ and students need to consider the specific elements that exist in each of their texts. They also respond to an unseen passage in the exam.

UNIT 3: THEORY AND INDEPENDENCE - COURSEWORK
In this component, students write about two different literary texts. One of the texts must be a poetry text and the other must be prose. Each text must be linked to a different section of the Critical Anthology (which includes Marxist theory, Feminist theory and Post-colonial theory).

FURTHER INFORMATION

Mrs M Giddens: mgiddens2.312@lgflmail.org (HOF)
Miss R Hildage: rhildage.312@lgflmail.org (KS5)