English Literature

A-Level
AQA

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

  • To have the opportunity to discuss your own views and ideas on literature as well as listen to others.
  • To further develop your knowledge and interest of literary texts.
  • To improve your understanding of literary contexts.
  • To develop a wide variety of skills that are highly regarded by both employers and universities.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

Novels, poetry and drama from the 15th to the 21st century such as ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Measure for Measure’ and a poetry anthology looking at ‘Love through the Ages’. Literary traditions and movements such as Jacobean Drama or Literary Modernism and the impact of contexts on the way texts are written and received.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – exam

Year 2 (A-Level) – 20% coursework, 80% exam

 

RECOMMENDED READING

The Collector by John Fowles

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson

The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

1984 by George Orwell

Trumpet Jackie Kay

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

 

Short story collections

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

What we Talk About When we Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

 

Poetry Collections

The World’s Wife by Carol Anne Duffy

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

 

PROGRESSION

A range of university courses. Careers that require good communication skills, such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, media, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others.