English Literature

Exam Board: AQA

Paper 1:  Shakespeare and Nineteenth Century Novel
40% (1 hour, 45 minutes)

Section A: Shakespeare 
You will answer one question on the play you have studied. You will be required to write in detail about an extract from the play and then to write about the play as a whole.

Section B: The Nineteenth Century Novel 
You will answer one question on the novel you have studied. You will be required to write in detail about an extract from the novel and then to write about the novel as a whole.

Paper 2: Modern Texts
60% (2 hours, 15 minutes)

Section A: Modern Texts 
You will answer one essay question from a choice of two on your studied modern prose or drama text.

Section B: Poetry 
You will answer one comparative question on one named poem printed on the paper and one other poem from your chosen anthology cluster.

Section C: Unseen Poetry 
You will answer one question on one unseen poem and one question comparing this poem with a second unseen poem.

You will be required to buy set texts to be annotated in class—letters will be sent out with further information on these.

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Assessment

100% examination—two exams at the end of Year 11. Throughout the course you will complete practice exam-style questions.