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  • A-Level English Literature (Last Exam 2016)

    Do you love literature? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want pursue literature at university level? Then this A Level in Literature is the ideal course for you.

    • Course Description

      A Level English Literature

      Course code: HSAL15

      Delivery method: Paper based pack

      Course duration: 24 Months

      Entry requirements: English GCSE or equivalent

      Award achieved: AQA A Level English Literature

      Awarding body: AQA

      New specification 2015 syllabus coming soon!

      Do you love literature? Are you passionate about reading? Do you want pursue literature at university level? Then this A Level in Literature is the ideal course for you.

      Those that study the subject often develop a life-long love of words as well as an appreciation of reading. Studying texts at this level also develops skills in criticism of both literary and non-literary texts.

    • English Literature course overview

      In A Level English Literature you will take a multi-layered approach to the reading of literary texts. You will focus on narrative and how this takes central place in the construction of literary works. You will be encouraged to develop critical debates as well as recognising the roles of genre in the field. You will study the B specification and get the opportunity to study 3 texts of your own choice.

      Upon successful completion of the exam and practical assessments (as administered by AQA), you will have achieved an internationally recognised AQA A Level English Literature.

      Skills gained

      • Developing understanding of English Literature.
      • Build on experience at GCSE and providing a secure foundation of the subject post A Level.
      • Developing a love and enjoyment of independent reading.
      • Developing your critical voice in response to both literary and non-literary texts.

      Course outline

      This course is divided into 4 units:

      AS Level

      Unit 1: LITB 1 Aspects of narrative

      Written examination: 2 hours (Open Book)

      Unit 2: LITB 2 Dramatic genres

      Submission of coursework

      A2 Level

      Unit 3: LITB 3 Texts and genres

      Written examination: 2 hours

      Unit 4: LITB 4 Further and independent reading

      Submission of coursework

      Course content

      Unit 1: Aspects of narrative

      Module 1: Narrative

      Module 2: The Great Gatsby

      Module 3: Characterisation

      Module 4: Time and Scene

      Module 5: Point of View

      Module 6: Poetry

      Four texts must be studied, two from Section A and two from Section B. In Section A one text studied must be from after 1990.

      Unit 2: Dramatic genres – Comedy

      Module 1: Dramatic Genres

      Module 2: Comedy

      Module 3: Critical Approaches

      Module 4: Course work Essays

      You must study at least two plays within the comedy genre. At least one play must be Shakespeare.

      Unit 3: Texts and genres – Elements of the gothic

      Module 1: Elements of the Gothic

      Module 2: Form, Structure and Language

      Module 3: Themes and Allusions

      Module 4: Critical Receptions and Approaches

      Module 5: Making Connections Between Stories

      You will study at minimum of three texts, with one written between 1300-1800

      Unit 4: Further and independent reading

      Module 1: Critical Anthology

      Module 2: Application of Critical Ideas

      Module 3: Making Connections Across Texts

      Module 4: Writing Your Coursework Essays

      You must study a minimum of three texts, one of these will be a pre-released anthology of critical writing on a piece of literature.

      This pack will be designed for specific use with the coursework in unit 4, but will be useful across the whole A2 unit. It will help you make connections across texts and to see the underpinning of literature by methods and ideas. It will introduce you to different approaches and you will be able to apply what you’ve learnt to your own texts.

      Recommended reading

      The Great Gatsby

      by F. Scott Fitzgerald;

      The Road

      by Cormac McCarthy; (Picador 2009 edition)

      A Selection of Poetry

      by Robert Frost

      A Selection of Poetry

      by W.H. Auden

      The White Devil

      by John Webster (pre-1800);


      by Mary Shelley

      The Bloody Chamber

      by Angela Carter.

      The Importance of Being Earnest

      by Oscar Wilde

      Twelfth Night

      by William Shakespeare

      Absorb Online Learning cannot assess, moderate or examine coursework. You need to access AQA consortium advice via your examination centre. You must also chose which tests from List A and B you will study and what questions you should work on.

      We can, however, provide study material for Unit 4, include examples of poetry criticism and analysis and TMAs which will help prepare candidates to formulate titles and draft their coursework.


      The AQA A Level English Literature qualification is gained once all 2 exam papers are successfully completed as well as your course work. The first exam and coursework make up the AS Level, the next exam and coursework comprise the A2 Level and together they form the A Level. These exams are administered by the AQA and assessment centre details will be included with your course, as well as practice papers so that you are more than prepared for your assessments. You will need to contact your local examination centre to work through your coursework requirements.

      In addition, there will be a number of tutor marked assessments (TMAs) to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of the course materials, with the tutor sending comments to guide you through any areas of potential difficulty, as well as a range of self-assessments that are indicators that you understand the materials as you work through them. These are for your own information, and do not need to be shown to your course tutor.

      Method of study

      Paper based pack

      This course is currently available in paper-based format, therefore, you will receive the full course materials as well as a useful study guide.

      Your study guide is crammed full of tips and information to help you get the most out of the learning experience, student skills, techniques for writing your assessment answers and instructions for submitting your TMAs online for marking by your specialist tutor.

      Tutor support

      Our A Level courses come with tutor feedback and support by email for 24 months. They will mark your TMAs and provide valuable guidance through any trickier parts of the course whenever you need it. You will also receive a study guide to help you with all aspects of studying, essay writing and general student skills.

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      Everyone at Absorb wishes you the best of luck on your studying journey! We know it’s both rewarding and challenging and ultimately what a difference that qualification will make to your career path and life.

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