Grade 6 in English Language
Grade 6 in English Literature
In English Literature, we follow the AQA A Level English Literature
B specification. For the Aspects of Genre element, we study
Aspects of Tragedy. The chosen texts on this side of the
course are as follows: Othello by William Shakespeare, Tess of
the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy and Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller. Each text is from a different era and has its
own unique exploration of the genre of Tragedy. For the Texts
and Genres element, we study Elements of Crime Writing. This
involves the study of threemore texts: WhenWill ThereBeGood
News? By Kate Atkinson, Hamlet by William Shakespeare, and
a selection of poems from Wilde, Crabbe and Browning.
20%of the course is Non-ExamAssessment; this is the element
of study referred to as Theory and Independence. Students are
required to look at various areas of Literary Criticism, guided
by the AQA Critical Anthology. This work then informs two essays,
one on a prose text and one on a poetry anthology. The choices
of these texts are carefullymade in liaisonwith their class teachers.
Lessons involve a great deal of discussion and evaluation of
core aspects of English Literature. The ethos of Literature in the
classroom involves student interaction and engagement with
the text at a deeper level. Students demonstrate sophisticated
and imaginative ideaswhichbroaden thinking skills andenable
them to explore Literature with great enthusiasm.
The ability to formulate arguments in well-constructed, precise
and accurate essays is a major skill fostered by the subject and
desired by universities and employers alike. This A Level helps
in countless careers, including Public Relations, Journalism,
MarketingandAdvertising, TeachingandTVProduction, toname
just a few.
Examining Body -
AQA Specification B
- comprised of two exams and assessment:
COMPONENT 1 - Literary Genres - TRAGEDY
Written Exam 2.5 hrs (closed text)
of A Level mark
SECTION A: one passage based question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)
SECTION B: one essay question on set Shakespeare text (25 marks)
SECTION C: one essay question linking two texts (25 marks)
The unit involves the study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama
text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900.
COMPONENT 2 - Texts & Genres
Written Exam 3 hrs (open book)
of A Level mark
SECTION A: one compulsory question on an unseen passage (25 marks)
SECTION B: one essay question on set text (25 marks)
SECTION C: one essay question which connects two texts (25 marks)
This unit involves the study of three texts: one post-2000 prose text; one poetry
and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900 Exam will include
an unseen passage.
COMPONENT 3 - Theory & Independence
of A Level mark
This unit involves the study of two texts: one poetry and one prose text, informed by
study of the Critical anthology. Students will produce two essays of 1,250–1,500 words,
each responding to a different text and linking to a different aspect of the Critical
anthology One essay can be re-creative. The re-creative piece will be accompanied
by a commentary.