Are you passionate about reading?
Do you love to look closely at texts,
analysing exactly what ideas are being
explored and how the language works?
Studying English Literature at A Level
will allow you to study some of the
most interesting fiction, poetry and
drama of both past and more recent
times. You will be able to discuss
and consider the ideas expressed in
several texts as well as the literary
techniques that writers have used to
create their messages.
You will study at least 8 texts including
prose, poetry and drama across the
course as a whole. In addition, you will be
prepared for examination on an unseen
text in the genre of poetry. Coursework
will be part of your final grade too (20%)
and you will complete a 3000 word
comparison of two novels.
The first year of the course will focus on:
1. Tragedy (drama) - Shakespeare’s
Othello and Tennessee Williams’s
A Streetcar Named Desire
2. Poetry – Modern post-2000 poetry
In the second year the course will
explore links across pre-1900 and post-
1900 texts focusing on representations
of women in society:
1. The poetry of John Keats
2. Prose – Wuthering Heights by Emily
Bronte and A Thousand Splendid Suns,
by Khaled Hosseini.
Theatre visits are strongly recommended.
Paper 1: Drama (30% of your A level grade)
Paper 2: Prose (20% of your grade)
Paper 3: Poetry (30% of your grade)
Plus Coursework (20% of your grade) –
internally assessed by your teacher and
Grade 5 English Language. Grade 5 English Literature (if taken).
This course could lead onto higher education in English related studies or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Literature such as a Teacher, Journalist, Author, Advertising or Public Relations.