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Devonport High School for Girls

English Literature

Head of Department

Mrs H Morgan BA (Hons), PGCE, NPQSL

A Level Course Outline

The AQA A course approaches the study of literature through the lens of historicism, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context. This unifying approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of wider reading, thus extending students’ experience and appreciation of literature.

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

About 40% of our students choose to study English as part of their degree, and this can lead to a wide- range of careers in Business, Local Government, Teaching, Law, Journalism and the Media.

Course Content

Examination Board


Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

A-level English Literature A 7712 

A Level

Unit 1

Paper 1 - Love Through The Ages (40%)


Unit 2

Paper 2 - Texts in Shared Contexts (40%)



Non-examination assessment: Independent Critical Study (20%)