Please Note: We are not currently accepting students on this course. This is due to changes in coursework authentication and marking which will effect students aiming for exams in 2018. We hope to be able to accept students in the near future once the support team are registered as an exam centre for marking purposes. If you would like to be informed when we are accepting students for 2018 exams then please email us and we will contact you when we have further news.

Taking the English Literature A Level Course is an excellent way to introduce yourself to a wide range of works of drama, poetry and prose. On this AQA syllabus, there are two written papers and two pieces of coursework and the course prepares you thoroughly for all of them. The course is designed to encourage candidates in developing further interest and enjoyment in literary studies by reading widely, critically and independently and to also introduce candidates to the traditions of English Literature.

This home study course follows the new linear A-Level syllabus. If students want to complete the new linear AS Level course then this can be purchased from the AS Level section of our website.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 19 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA English Literature 7711/7712 A Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2018 or later years.


Paper 1: Love Through the Ages (3 Hours) is 75 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Paper 2: Texts in Shared Contexts (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 75 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Coursework: Independent critical study: texts across time is 50 marks in total (20% of A-level). Students need to produce a comparative critical study of two texts, at least one of which must have been written pre-1900. One extended essay (2500 words) and a bibliography.

The course will examine literature from a historical perspective to encourage independent study of a range of texts within a shared context.

  1. Literary Analysis
  2. Pre-1900 Love Poetry Anthology
  3. Love through the Ages
  4. Othello
  5. Jane Eyre
    (b) Tess (AS only)
  6. Carol-Ann Duffy
  7. Brian Friel: Translations
  8. Michael Frayn: Spies
  9. Coursework: Jane Austen: Emma
  10. Coursework: John Fowles: French Lt’s Woman

Practical Skills/Coursework:

Candidates are required to submit two pieces of coursework. Full guidance is given in the course pack and the course tutor will verify your coursework for submission to the Awarding Body.


We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE's at grade C and above. For English Literature this should include either English Language or English Literature GCSE's at grade C or above.

Additional Reading:

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • Othello
  • Jane Eyre
  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • Owen Sheers: Skirrid Hill
  • Michael Frayn: Spies
  • Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Jane Austen: Mansfield Park (coursework, optional)
  • George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-Four (coursework, optional)

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available for registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the A Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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