Exam Board: AQA

Studying A Level English Language and Literature will open a wide range of career opportunities to you. Many employers look for potential employees with an A Level in English, as it shows that you have good communication skills. At degree level, you can choose to study English Lang/Lit or a whole range of courses which combine English with other subjects. Career paths open to you range from journalists to teachers to lawyers. English graduates can progress to a wide range of careers.

What will you study?

Paper 1

Section A: Remembered Places – One compulsory question focused on the AQA Anthology: Paris.

 Section B: Imagined Worlds – One compulsory question focused on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.

Section C: Poetic Voices – One compulsory question focused on ‘Mean Time’ by Carol Ann Duffy.

Paper 2

Section A: Writing about Society – The ‘Kite Runner’ by Khaled Hosseini – one piece of re-creating writing using set text.

Critical commentary

Section B: Dramatic Encounters – One question on Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’.

You will also do a personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse.


Paper 1 (3 hours) worth 40%

Paper 2 (2.5hours) worth 40%

Non-Exam Assessment worth 20%


Our general entry requirements are that you will need a minimum of five Grade 5s or above in your GCSEs to study A-Levels including Maths & English.