English Literature

English Literature


The English Department at Malton School believes “A book is a device to ignite the imagination” (Alan Bennett). We are passionate about sharing a love of literature with our students and encouraging their creativity, imagination and analysis. AQA English Literature focuses on the way texts are constructed and analysing how style and language is used to convey meaning. Students
will study and compare a variety of set texts.

Class time will be spent on active tasks such as discussions to build on the reading and preparation you will have done in advance. As a follow up to lessons you will craft discursive essays and research-based investigations.

We run an exciting programme of extra-curricular activities and trips from theatre trips across the county to residential workshops at the Globe Theatre in London. We have strong links with York University for coursework research and the Ryedale Book Festival for seminars with professional writers (fiction and non-fiction).

It is essential that you gain at least a Grade 5 at GCSE in either English Language or English Literature plus at least a grade 4 in the other English subject.

Students often choose to buy their own copies of the set texts or these can be borrowed from the department. There is also a range of other texts books and print resources which the department uses, as well as accessing materials on-line. The library has a special, senior fiction section which has an expanding selection of books, and also an increasing range of language resources.


At A level, there are two examined units (‘Love Through the Ages’ and ‘Texts in Shared Contexts’) which are both worth 40% of the final A Level mark. The final 20% is decided by non-exam assessment (‘Independent Critical Study: Texts Across Time’).

AQA English Literature (A Level):

Love Through the Ages (exam, 40%) – ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, Shakespeare, ‘The Great Gatsby’, Fitzgerald, AQA Poetry anthology: Love through the Ages.

Texts in Shared Contexts (exam, 40%) – 40%) – ‘The Handmaids’ Tail’ Atwood, ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Williams, ‘Skirrid Hill’ Sheers.

Texts Across Time (non-exam, 20%)


Students must be prepared to read widely and, wherever possible, broaden their exposure to language and literature by attending live performances, listening to radio broadcasts and visiting the cinema.


We have had a high number of students choosing to pursue their love of English at university, often at prestigious institutions. A-Level English opens up many possibilities post-18 because of the analytical, writing and oral skills you have gained. Successful English students typically embark on a variety of career paths, most popular are those linked to law, media, drama, journalism and education.