English LIterature

A-level - English LIterature B AQA

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Subject content

Core content:

· 4.1 Literary genres

· 4.2 Texts and genres

· 4.3 Theory and independence


· 4.1.1 Aspects of tragedy

· 4.1.2 Aspects of comedy

· 4.2.1 Elements of crime writing

· 4.2.2 Elements of political and social protest writing

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What's assessed

Choice of two options

Option 1A: Aspects of tragedy

Option 1B: Aspects of comedy

Study of three texts: one Shakespeare text; a second drama text and one further text, of which one must be written pre-1900


· written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

· closed book

· 75 marks

· 40% of A-level


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)