George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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English Literature

A Level

The variety of texts studied and the assessment styles used (passage-based questions, unseen material, single-text questions, multiple-text questions, open- and closed-book approaches) allow students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.

Exam board/specification

AQA Specification A

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature and 5+ in GCSE English.

Progression routes from this course

English Literature is one of the most vibrant and popular subjects to study at A Level. It is highly valued by universities and employers as a traditional academic subject of high status. It can lead to a career in Journalism, Teaching, Law, Business, Publishing, Script writing, Communications, Advertising and many others.

A2 Modules/Units

  • Paper 1: Love Through the Ages: Poetry, Prose
    and Shakespeare
  • Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts: WW1 and its aftermath
  • Coursework - Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time

A2 Assessment

  • Paper 1: 3 hours
    • Sec. A: Shakespeare One passage-based question with linked essay (25 marks)
    • Sec. B: Unseen poetry Compulsory essay question on two unseen poems (25 marks) Sec. C: Comparing texts
    • One essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

      40% of total A Level marks. Open book in section C only
  • Paper 2: 2 hours 30 mins
    • Sec. A: Set texts One essay question on set text (25 marks)
    • Sec. B: Contextual linking One question on an unseen extract (25 marks) and one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)

    40% of total A Level marks. Open book
  • Coursework: One extended essay comparing two texts, at
    least one of which must have been written pre-1900. (2,500 words) and a bibliography.

    20% of total A Level marks


Exam results 2016 2017 2018
A2 English Literature 69% A*-C
100% A-E
92% A*-C
100% A-E
64% A*-C
100% A-E
Table of English Literature Key Stage 5 exams results 2016 - 2018



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