Why choose AQA for AS and A-level English Literature B
Specifications designed for you and your students
We have worked closely with teachers and universities to develop relevant, engaging and up-to-date specifications that approach the reading and study of literature through the lens of genre and theory, encouraging the independent study of a range of texts within a shared context, giving logic and meaning to the way that texts are grouped for study.
This unifying approach facilitates the inclusion of a range of wider reading, thus extending students’ experience and appreciation of literature.
Offering clear progression from GCSE, these courses allow students to build on the skills and knowledge already gained and prepare for their next steps.
The variety of assessment styles used, such as passage-based questions, unseen material, single text questions, multiple text questions, open- and closed-book approaches, allows students to develop a wide range of skills, such as the ability to read critically, analyse, evaluate and undertake independent research which are valuable for both further study and future employment.
Choice and flexibility
With a choice of genres for each paper and authors for study you can choose the texts that will be most appealing and of most interest to your students. This is backed by our reassurance that set texts will remain the same for the lifetime of the specifications.
Teach AS and A-level together
Both AS and A-level courses provide strong stand-alone qualifications that are fully co-teachable so that you can choose the approach that best suits your, and you students’ needs.
The A-level non-exam assessment component provides opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest and develop personal and independent learning skills. This includes writing creatively through the re-creative option.
Through the integration of a critical anthology with A-level non-exam assessment study, students are able to explore some of the critical and theoretical approaches that form the basis for literary study which in turn informs and illuminates their own reading of texts.
We support you every step of the way
Our free poetry anthology, also available digitally, will provide you with easy access to a range of poetry texts and a valuable interactive resource to support teaching.
To further support teaching and learning we provide a comprehensive range of resources, including a digital resource bank and access to the largest network of English teachers facilitated through our national Subject advocate network.
Learn more about our English qualifications at aqa.org.uk/english
Support and resources to help you teach
We know that support and resources are vital for your teaching and that you have limited time to find or develop good quality materials. So we’ve worked with experienced teachers to provide you with a range of resources that will help you confidently plan, teach and prepare for exams.
We have a comprehensive range of English Literature B resources. Visit aqa.org.uk/7717 to see them all. They include:
- a digital resource bank which will include a wide range of free, interactive resources to support the teaching of English language, English literature and English language and literature
- a poetry anthology to give you free and easy access to a range of poetry so that you don’t need to source all the poems set for study
- marked and annotated student responses to the questions on our specimen papers, with senior examiner commentaries
- subject advocates who will support you in the transition to the new specification and facilitate local and regional network and update meetings
- student textbooks and digital resources that have been checked and endorsed by AQA
- training courses to help you deliver AQA qualifications
- subject expertise courses for all teachers, from newly qualified teachers who are just getting started to experienced teachers looking for fresh inspiration.
Preparing for exams
Visit aqa.org.uk/7717 for everything you need to prepare for our exams, including:
- past papers, mark schemes and examiners’ reports
- specimen papers and mark schemes for new courses
- exemplar student answers with examiner commentaries.
Analyse your students' results with Enhanced Results Analysis (ERA)
Find out which questions were the most challenging, how the results compare to previous years and where your students need to improve. ERA, our free online results analysis tool, will help you see where to focus your teaching. Register at aqa.org.uk/era
For information about results, including maintaining standards over time, grade boundaries and our post-results services, visit aqa.org.uk/results
Keep your skills up to date with professional development
Wherever you are in your career, there’s always something new to learn. As well as subject-specific training, we offer a range of courses to help boost your skills.
- Improve your teaching skills in areas including differentiation, teaching literacy and meeting Ofsted requirements.
- Prepare for a new role with our leadership and management courses.
You can attend a course at venues around the country, in your school or online – whatever suits your needs and availability. Find out more at coursesandevents.aqa.org.uk
Get help and support
Visit our website for information, guidance, support and resources at aqa.org.uk/7717
You can talk directly to the English Literature B subject team:
T: 0161 9537504
- Specifications for first teaching in 2015 (736.6 KB)