Specification at a glance

There are four units in the assessment of A-level English Literature B.

Units 1 and 3 are assessed by written examination. In Units 2 and 4, students produce a coursework folder that is assessed by their teacher then externally moderated by AQA.

This specification is available for assessment in June.

The Critical Anthology for use in the Further and independent reading module has been updated with new material for 2013. However, the previous version of the Anthology is still valid and schools don't have to use the new material.

There are no prior learning requirements, but we recommend candidates have the skills and knowledge associated with a GCSE English course or equivalent. 

AS Examinations  (AS Award 1746)
Unit 1- LITB1
Aspects of Narrative
60% of AS, 30% of A-level
Written paper. 2 hours. Open book
84 marks
Four texts for study: two novels (at least one post 1990) and two poetry texts 1800- 1945. The paper has two sections. Candidates answer one question from each section
Available June.
Unit 2 - LITB2
Dramatic Genres
40% of AS, 20% of A-level Coursework
60 marks
Minimum of two texts for study within dramatic genre of Comedy.
A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework (one may be re-creative) each 1200- 1500 words.
Available June.
A2 Examinations (A-level Award 2746) 
Unit 3 - LITB3
Texts and Genres
30% of total A level
Written paper. 2 hours. Closed book
80 marks
Minimum three texts for study including at least one text 1300-1800.
Candidates choose one topic area for study: Elements of the Gothic, or Elements of the Pastoral. For each topic there will be two sections. Candidates answer one question from each section
Available June
Unit 4 - LITB4 
Further and Independent Reading
20% of A level
Coursework
60 marks
Minimum of three texts for study including one pre-released anthology of critical material. A portfolio of two pieces of written coursework: comparative study of an aspect of two texts (1500-2000 words); an application of an aspect of pre-released critical anthology to a literary text (1200-1500 words) 
Available June.