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English: Key Stage 5 Literature

The department offers two A-Level courses for our Sixth Form students:

•AQA English Literature- Specification A

•AQA English Language

Students in year 12 and 13 are allocated four lessons of English per week, all students will work towards completing the A level in their second year of study.



English Literature:

Students will sit the AQA English Literature (Specification A) A Level.

Text Choices:

Students will study:

  • William Shakespeare: Othello
  • Carol Ann Duffy: Feminine Gospels
  • Arthur Miller: All My Sons
  • Jeanette Winterson: Oranges are not the only Fruit
  • Henrick Ibsen: A Doll’s House
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Great Gatsby


Students will sit two examinations at the end of year 13 as well as completing an independent NEA.

Paper Title

Paper Break Down

Paper One


Love through the Ages


3 Hours

 Section A: Othello by William Shakespeare

Section B:Unseen poetry

Section C: Comparison between The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald and pre-1900 poetry

Paper Two


Struggle for Modern Identity


2 Hours 30 Minutes

Section A: Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy

Section B: Unseen Prose

Section C: Comparison between All My Sons by Arthur Miller and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson


Non- exam Assessment- Language in Action



Students will have the opportunity to compare two texts of their choice – one written pre-1900 – exploring how a key theme or idea is presented in both. This essay is 2,500 words and is an opportunity for students to demonstrate the skills you have learned during their study.


Curriculum Plan