A-Level English Literature will encourage you to read widely as a critical and independent reader. You will immerse yourself in a wide range of literary texts that span centuries, gaining an understanding of how to read closely and analyse a range of critical views and you’ll learn how to express informed and independent opinions and judgements about them based on sound evidence.
A-level English Literature will encourage you to read widely as a critical reader and help you gain an understanding of how to analyse a range of critical views.
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The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.
You should allow for between 200 and 300 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.
Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.
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You will benefit from our unlimited tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.
All enrolments now will be for exams in Summer 2022.
You will be required to complete the two standard written exams:
We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.
During your course, you’ll be required to complete the following:
These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.
Non-exam assessment (NEA)
Independent critical study: texts across time, and consists of one extended essay and a bibliography.
Upon successful completion of this home learning course, you will receive an A-Level in English Literature, issued by AQA. This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is the best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
Difficulty - Level 3
Entry requirements - It is strongly recommended that you have studied English literature to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course.
UCAS Points - 56
The course begins with this extraordinary tragedy of love and betrayal. Othello, a Moorish prince, marries his beloved Desdemona, a Venetian lady, and they are blissfully happy. Unfortunately, Othello’s servant Iago sews discord between them, and the dignified Othello is cruelly manipulated.
It is a wonderful play with extremes of emotion and kicks off the theme of Love Through the Ages which will be further explored in Sections 2, 3, and 4.
Here, you’ll study a selection of poems from across the centuries exploring the key theme of love. This is a perfect opportunity to research the social contexts that influenced the key poets and to understand how writers influenced each other. From courtly love to unrequited passion, you will find yourself learning quotes and remembering these poems for the rest of your life.
This novel brings the theme of Love through the Ages into the 20th century. Set in the whirl of post-war consumerism in 1920s New York, Scott Fitzgerald explores the nature of love in relation to extreme wealth and power. This text is compared to the pre-1900 poems in the exam, so you will be looking for links and points of comparison throughout the unit.
Themes covered include:
Having become familiar with literary study in the previous units, this section requires you to apply your knowledge and skills to unseen poems. In the exam, you will read and compare two poems that you have not studied before. This unit gives you the opportunity to practice comparing a range of examples.
You will become confident with:
The course now shifts into a new theme: Modern Times. All the texts in Paper 2 will be from the 20th and 21st centuries, so it is important to consider what issues may have influenced writers in recent years. Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire explores the struggle for identity in post-war America as cultures and personalities clash.
Themes covered include:
Margaret Atwood wrote this novel in response to shifting gender roles in the 1980s but it is still remarkably relevant today. The story is set in a disturbing dystopia and the stifling writing style places the reader at the heart of a brutal regime. You’ll compare this novel with A Streetcar Named Desire in the exam and there are links to be made in the characters, themes, and voices in the two texts.
Themes covered include:
This stunning collection of poetry from 2005 explores the opposing concepts of separation and belonging. Modern themes like gender issues, struggle for identity, and the impact of war is raised and the poet uses a free-verse form with intricate patterns of rhyme, motif, and narrative voice to create a range of complex effects.
You will cover themes such as:
In this section, you will have a chance to practice analysing a range of 20th and 21st century prose. In the exam you will answer a question about an unseen prose extract; you will read closely, form opinions, and interpret a short section from a modern novel. We will look at a range of writers from Jeanette Winterson to Arundhati Roy.
Themes covered include:
This unit will be completed alongside the rest of the course. You will read two complete texts (including at least one from before 1900) and work independently to explore links and connections between them. With your tutor, you will decide on an area of study and a title for your essay. Your final essay will be 2500 words and will include a detailed bibliography showing the research you have completed.
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Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.
We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.
You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.
You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.
Most students finish comfortably within the course duration period given. However, if you do need more time, your personal tutor support can be extended for an additional fee.