English Literature

Exam Board: AQA

In Year 12, for Paper 1 you will study a play by Shakespeare and an anthology of poetry that focuses on either pre 19th Century or post 19th Century poetry. For Paper 2 you will study two prose texts.

In Year 13, for Paper 1 you will study three texts; Shakespeare, one poetry text and one prose text. Paper 2 involves the study of either texts from ‘WW1 and its aftermath’ or ‘Literature from 1945 to present day’. For the coursework component, you will be required to complete an independent critical study of two texts. This essay will be approximately 2,500 words and is worth 20% of the exam.


80% examination
20% coursework


Our general entry requirements are that you will need a minimum of five Grade 6s in your GCSEs to study A-Levels.

One of those grade 6s should be in English Literature.