English Literature

English Literature

We look at key issues and theories for example jealousy, power, narrative structures, magical realism, the modern novel, post-colonialism, psychoanalytic literary theory and new historicism.
You will explore how writers craft their writing – and learn how to write your own lively and well-argued essays; you will be encouraged to develop creative, analytical and critical skills. Such skills are highly regarded and will be useful in many other subjects.
Our lessons are lively and challenging – you will need to be ready to have a point of view and evidence to support it! We will interrogate our texts and debate different meanings. It will be focused, fun and intellectually challenging!

Our Approach

AQA English Literature A focuses on the theme of Love through the Ages and will give you the opportunity to experience some of the very wide variety of literature written on this interesting theme. The theme of ‘love’ is taken in its broadest sense, and we will study texts that deal with romantic love, obsessive love, dangerous love, and unrequited love. As well as Othello by William Shakespeare we will read The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy.
We also examine some of the most interesting examples of poetry and stunning contemporary writing.

Paper 1: Shakespeare, Unseen Poetry and Comparative Texts – The Awakening by Kate Chopin and Love Poetry Post 1900  Anthology.

Paper 2: Feminine Gospels by Carol Ann Duffy, Unseen Prose and Comparative Texts – Translations by Brian Friel and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey.

In your final year you also complete an extended essay (NEA) where you choose a theme and two texts for analysis – recent successful topics have included elements of myth and fairy tale, representations of madness, Victorian crime, alienation, dystopian worlds, and representations of masculine/feminine identity.

Why Study English Literature at Chapeltown Academy?

If you love reading and writing, and have an appreciation of literature, then English Literature is the perfect course. It is interesting, relevant and allows you to develop substantial skills in forensic analysis and critical thinking as well as a strong writing style. Additional opportunities include a Creative Writing Club and a Debating Society. This year we enjoyed theatre trips to see Othello and Witness for the Prosecution.


Learning Roadmap & Curriculum Intent Plans

English Literature Roadmap

Y12 English Literature CIP

Y13 English Literature CIP


Course Level


Entry Requirements

The Academy’s general entry criteria of a minimum of five 4s at GCSE apply including a minimum of 5 in English Language and 5 in English Literature are needed to study English Literature at A Level.

Additional Course Information

Visit the AQA course page here.

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