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Year 12 Curriculum - English

English Language and Literature A-Level AQA (2 year course)


Core Content:

  • 4.1 Telling Stories
  • 4.2 Exploring Conflict
  • 4.3 Making Connections


Paper 1: Views and Voices

What’s assessed?

Study of 3 texts: Imagined worlds – “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Poetic Voices – a selection of Carol Ann Duffy’s poetry, and Remembered Places – an anthology of non-fiction extracts based around the theme of Paris.



Written exam: 3 hours

Open book in Sections B and C only (The Handmaid’s Tale and Poetic Voices)

100 marks, 40% of total A Level



Section A: Remembered Places - One compulsory question on the AQA Anthology: Paris (40 marks).

Section B: Imagined Worlds - One question from a choice of two on The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (35 marks).

Section C: Poetic Voices. One question from a choice of two on poetry set text by Carol Ann Duffy (25 marks).


Paper 2: Exploring Conflict

What’s assessed?

Writing about Society – “The Great Gatsby”

Dramatic Encounters – “A Streetcar named Desire.”



Written exam:2 hours and 30 minutes

Open book

100 marks; 40% of A-level



Section A: The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. One piece of re-creative writing (25 marks) and a critical commentary (30 marks).

Section B: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. One question from a choice of two (45 marks).


Non-exam assessment: Making Connections

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or theme in both literary and non-literary discourse (2,500 – 3,000 words).


50 marks, 20% of total A Level marks

Assessed by teachers; moderated by AQA.

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