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​English Literature A Level


Qualification A Level


2 years

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What will I study?

Students will cover at least 6 texts including prose, poetry and drama across the course as a whole. The first year of the course will focus on tragedy, exploring Shakespeare's Othello, as well as considering Death of a Salesman, Keats' poetry and the modern novel The Remains of the Day. In the second year the course will explore links across pre-1900 and post-1900 texts in the genre of crime fiction, focusing on the poetry of Wilde, Crabbe and Browning and the novels Atonement and Brighton Rock.  In addition, students will be prepared for examination on an unseen text in the genre of crime fiction. Students will complete two essays for coursework which will be worth 20% of the final grade. Coursework will be based on a critical anthology which introduces key literary concepts and theories.


Study Visits

Theatre visits are strongly recommended.


Normally no more than £10 per visit.


5.5 hours of external examinations (80%) plus internal assessment of coursework (20%). 


Entry Criteria

Grade 5 English Language. Grade 5 English Literature (if taken).


Useful Supporting Courses

This subject links well with English Language. It also goes well with foreign languages, History, Media Studies and will fit almost any combination of subjects.



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